Pakistan’s National Education Policy Discriminates Against Religious Minorities
03/23/2021 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to Asia News, The Working Group for Inclusive Education (WGIE) and the Center for Social Justice (CSJ) held a meeting on March 20 to discuss solutions for Pakistan’s low education standards and religious discrimination before the launch of the new National Education Policy (NEP).
Pakistan will implement the NEP in the near future. It is a new policy that “provides for compulsory Islamiat (Islamic studies) for all students of all faiths. This will drive many non-Muslim primary school pupils to drop out,” says Abdul Hameed Nayyar, an experienced educator in Pakistan.
Pakistan’s NEP pushes for a religious-based society, where Muslim-focused materials are mandatory starting in first grade. Non-Muslim students will not be allowed to study from the Quaran, and teachers will separate them from Muslim students. Religious discrimination will further set back non-Muslim students from an already low national literacy standard.
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