SM Zafar for another constitutional amendment
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