Monday, October 15, 2018

Pakistan: "Poorly translated: Capital’s schools start offering Quranic lessons" - The Express Tribune

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Poorly translated: Capital’s schools start offering Quranic lessons

Schools in the federal capital have started teaching the Holy Quran along with a translation of the text, however, teachers say the government has made poor arrangements with unspecialised and untrained teachers asked to teach have been decried as ‘unprofessional’.

“Neither are specialised teachers being asked to teach [the Holy Quran] nor are there sufficient books available according to the strength of the students,” the teachers said, adding that the process had started off in a haphazard way.
The teaching of the Holy Quran with translation had been made compulsory in schools up to the higher secondary level by the parliament through the Quran Education Bill 2017.

Consequently, the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) — which oversees academic and non-academic issues of schools in the federal capital — started implementing the bill by initiating the Holy Quran course in classes six to 12 from the beginning of the current academic session.
“They have adopted books exclusively designed and donated to the FDE by the Ilm Foundation for the implementation of the Quran Bill, said a teacher who did not wish to be named for fear of repercussions.
The directorate, the teacher said, had asked all teachers — irrespective of their subject — to teach the suggested books for the first 10 to 15 minutes of the period every day.
“This [teachers forced to teach the Holy Quran] means that those teachers who themselves have limited or no expert knowledge of the Holy Quran will be teaching it,” another concerned teacher said.
The teachers argued that given schools already offer Islamic Studies, the Islamiat teachers — who have relevant expertise in the subject —should be asked to teach it after being provided with proper training.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 15th, 2018.