Posted by: becketfund | January 29, 2007

Pakistan: Education Ministry To Consider Role of Religion in School Reforms

Asia News reports that the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Pakistan has asked the country’s education minister, Javed Ashraf Qazi, to do away with compulsory Islamic studies and to insure that teachers do not encourage bias against minorities, religious and otherwise, in the schools. The Education Ministry is in the process of reviewing the current system in hopes of, among other goals, eliminating prejudice against non-Muslim minorities. The bishops asked for assurances that biases against “religion, sect and gender” be removed from the curriculum, saying that the current system isolates religious minorities, and that religious education would be best conducted by families, not state schools.

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