SM Za­far for an­other con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment

The Pak Banker - - 2national -

IS­LAM­ABAD: Sen­a­tor S.M Za­far strongly urged for an­other con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment to bring cur­ricu­lum in the fed­eral list, that had been trans­ferred to the prov­inces through 18th amend­ment.

Talk­ing to APP, he said: "it was a mis­take that was col­lec­tively com­mit­ted by the Con­sti­tu­tion Re­view Com­mit­tee by tak­ing out cur­ricu­lum from the con­cur­rent list and thereby leav­ing it to the prov­inces to de­ter­mine in­di­vid­ual and sep­a­rated cur­ricu­lum for each prov­ince".

"I con­fess that it was a big mis­take and I am part of it. How­ever, I re­sisted the trans­fer of con­cur­rent list and par­tic­u­larly raised the is­sue re­lated to the cur­ricu­lum. Only Sen­a­tor Pro­fes­sor Khur­shid Ah­mad sup­ported that the cur­ricu­lum should re­main a fed­eral sub­ject and both of us were for reach­ing a con­sen­sus," Za­far said.

All over the world, cur­ricu­lum re­mains a fed­eral sub­ject to pro­vide na­tional and united out­look on his­tory, ob­jec­tives of the state and fu­ture vi­sion, he said.

"I would strongly rec­om­mend and go along with any more for an­other amend­ment in the con­sti­tu­tion to cor­rect this mis­take," Za­far said.

The Na­tional Assem­bly Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Ed­u­ca­tion, in a meet­ing, expressed con­cerns on the trans­fer of cur­ricu­lum to the prov­inces un­der the 18th amend­ment and de­cided to rec­om­mend the Im­ple­men­ta­tion Com­mis­sion to re­tain ed­u­ca­tion with the Cen­tre. The com­mit­tee re­al­ized that for­mu­lat­ing dif­fer­ent poli­cies and sys­tems of ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try would harm the spirit of na­tional in­tegrity and har­mony and reached a con­sen­sus that the sub­ject should re­main with the fed­eral govern­ment.

The com­mit­tee mem­bers have de­cided to meet the Con­sti­tu­tional Re­form Com­mit­tee and Par­lia­men­tary Im­ple­men­ta­tion Com­mit­tee to con­vey their ap­pre­hen­sions on the is­sue.

It said that the Con­sti­tu­tional Re­form Com­mit­tee should also rec­om­mend that the Min­istries of Ed­u­ca­tion and Health should not be handed over to the prov­inces and kept with the Cen­tre in the 19th Amend­ment.

The com­mit­tee di­rected the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion to give a de­tailed brief­ing re­gard­ing pro­vin­cial pow­ers on De­cem­ber 21 and also sum­mon the pro­vin­cial sec­re­taries in the up­com­ing meet­ings go­ing to be held in Jan­uary next year. -App

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