Punjab’s Aitchison College warned against non-implementation of unified curriculum

The Punjab government has warned the Aitchison College for not implementing the Single National Curriculum’s guidelines.According to the details, the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board  Tuesday wrote a letter to the college and warned against issuing books for grades I-V which have not yet been issued NOCs by the board.

It is to apprise you that the reviews and issues  to the books after due process not on the request of an educational institution , but on the request of book developer  who apply for the same,reads the letter.The board called upon the college to direct publishers of the books to submit their work for review and issuance of NOCs.

You are again requested advised to kindly do not prescribe those books which have not given NOCs by PCTB, reads the letter.Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas posted the letter on Twitter, saying that there will be zero exemptions as far as implementing the Single National Curriculum guidelines are concerned.

Letter sent to Aitchison College Lahore for NOT implementing Single National Curriculum in its entirety by Punjab Curriculum Textbook Board. Zero exemptions. I will not let anyone challenge the writ of the government,” he tweeted.

Last month, spoke to parents of students at the all-boys Aitchison College Lahore, who said that there seems to be no indication that the school is implementing the government’s unified educational curriculum this academic year.So far we have not received any notification from the school saying it is moving towards the Single

National Curriculum, the mother of a Grade 4 student at Aitchison told told Geo.tv, over the phone, asking not to be named. All the subjects, except Urdu, are in English for now. I don’t know if that will change.Geo.tv had said that it has seen the class 5 textbooks for the subjects of Social Studies and Islamiat at Aitchison College.

Both are in English, even though Social Studies General Knowledge and Islamiat are to be taught in the Urdu language, under the SNC, which has been rolled out across most of the country this month for primary classes.The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s new curriculum aims to ensure that all schools, public, private and religious seminaries follow a uniform syllabus.

The SNC has already been implemented in Punjab, Islamabad and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Grade 1- 5 this year.Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood had earlier denied that the all-boys schools will not be implementing the SNC. In a tweet on August 14, Mahmood wrote: There is no exemption for Aitchison college or any other school.

Pakistan reports another 98 deaths from COVID-19 in last 24 hours, taking the nationwide death toll from the virus to 26,330 on Tuesday morning.According to the latest statistics of the National Command and Operation Centre   tests were conducted across the country in the last 24 hours and the results of  came positive.

It is pertinent to mention here that the country has recorded less than 4,000 daily infections for nine out of 10 days since August 29.The rate of positive cases during the last 24 hours was 6.33%, showed the NCOC data. Since August 24, Pakistan’s positivity rate has been under 7% on 13 out of 15 days.With the 3,316 new infections, the total number of COVID-19 cases, however, reached 1,186,234.

In addition to this, 3,270 patients have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours across the country, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,067,589, while the number of active cases is 92,315.Pakistan is reporting 3,805 new infections on average each day, 65% of the peak — the highest daily average reported on June 17.

Pakistan has administered at least 61,724,580 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 14.3% of the country’s population.During the last week reported, Pakistan averaged about 1,204,828 doses administered each day. At that rate, it will take a further 36 days to administer enough doses for another 10% of the population.

 

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