Samundri, Faisalabad: June 20, 2010. (PCP) Chairman of Pakistan Minorities Teachers’ Association PMTA, Professor Anjum James Paul have raised a very important question
“Is Pakistani Church ready to defend Faith?“ because some organizations running under Churches supervision were part of National Curriculum ETHICS in 2007, but same compromised to damage Christianity in Textbooks.
The PMTA is struggling for Education Reforms in the Pakistani curriculum and educational institutions since 2006. The main achievements of PMTA are making Arabic an optional subject, introducing the subject of Ethics (compulsory) for minorities’ students for grade III-XII, somehow recognizing the role of minorities in the creation of Pakistan, chapters on peace , tolerance and respecting for human beings and respect for all religions.
Dr. Mohsin Naqvi, Mr. Rochi Ram, Dr. C.J. Dubash, Mr. Mehboob Sada, Mr. Haroon Nasir, Ms. Sameena Imtiaz, Mrs. Roshan Khursheed Bharucha and Dr, Mimpal Singh developed the National Curriculum ETHICS, for Non-Muslims for grades III-XII in 2007.
Three out of eight who developed the National Curriculum ETHICS, for Non-Muslims for grades III-XII were Christians. I would like to have the introduction of Christians as it is written in the list of curriculum developers.
1. Dr. C.J. Dubash
Ph.D (Educational Psychology)
Vice Rector at Forman Christian College & Associate Professor with Department of Education
Consultant with Diocese of Raiwind Education System, Trainer with Catholic Board of Education and Member of Presbyterian Education Board in Pakistan
2. Mr. Mehboob Sada
Director Christian Study Centre, Rawalpindi
Editor: Al- Mushir (Theological journal of Christian Study Centre), Rawalpindi
3. Mr. Haroon Nasir
Research Associate Christian Study Centre
Editor: Al- Mushir (English Section, Theological journal of Christian Study Centre), Rawalpindi
Member: Graduate Student Council (Ph.D/M.Phil), Sh. Zayed Islamic Centre, University of Peshwar
Professor Anjum Paul pointed out that these 3 employees of Church based establishments have sold the faith of Christians on the sacrifice of Abraham’s son. In the recommended National Curriculum ETHICS for grade III sacrifice of Ishmael instead of Isaac has been recommended for our Christian students due to the negligence of these people who were either absent when the content was being developed or compromised for the completion of their personal designs deceiving the entire Pakistan Church. If chapter on Jesus Christ could be removed from the textbook of Ethics grade 9 of Sindh Textbook Board as it was developed in the Islamic perspective then we are again united on this issue. I would also inform you that textbooks in the subject of Ethics are being developed by Muslims who are writing on beliefs and fundamental teachings of Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Parsees and other religions. What a tragedy! PMTA has protested through writings and meetings with the esteemed offices of the government of Pakistan on this serious matter which is a threat to the minority religions of Pakistan. It has been requested to the Chief Justice of Supreme Court to take sue moto action against the Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan.
PMTA would ask these fellows; did they inform on any platform that they were compromising with the faith of Non- Christians? No, certainly not, they have deliberately did this all, perhaps according to them this was also a way to promote interfaith harmony to step back from the fundamental teachings of faith.
PMTA wrote a letter to the President of Pakistan on May 2, 2006 on the subject ‘Representation of educationists from the religious minorities in the curriculum committee to revise syllabus 2006.’ Again on June 14, 2006 a letter was written to Prime Minister on the subject ‘Substitute syllabus for the minorities’ students.’
We were succeeded but what has been the fruit of our struggle. PMTA has been protesting through letters to the esteemed offices of the government of Pakistan, electronic and print media, seminars and with the concerned corners in meetings but on our disappointment a letter was written to Mr. Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on June 8, 2010 on the subject ‘Request to take sue moto action against the Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan for violating the Rights of the students of minorities.’ And again on June 15, 2010 letter to Federal Minister for Education on the subject ‘Reservations and recommendations on textbooks and national curriculum recommended by the Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan’ along with the review on textbooks and recommended curriculum (pages 29). The same copy was mailed to the Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Pakistan which they received on June 16, 2010.
PMTA has decided to launch a petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan against the Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan after the silence of the church authorities on this issue, though there are a number of commissions that are working on education and minorities’ issues. They rush even for the wrong reporting as they did in the tragic incident of Gojra in 2009 but their constant silence on the much important issue of faith is not only very meaningful but a threat to the Christian community of Pakistan. Let us all be united on such a serious matter of our faith.