Churches draw up religious studies syllabus for Christian students as part of Pakistan’s new national curriculum

Apr 7, 2021 by

from Barnabas Fund:

Churches in Muslim-majority Pakistan are drawing up a programme of Christian religious studies for inclusion in the government’s new single national curriculum.

The syllabus is designed to be taught to Christian students as an alternative to the compulsory subject of Islamiat (Islamic studies). Although Islamiat has been and will remain compulsory in all schools under the new National Education Policy (NEP) due to be introduced in August, for many years Christian students have been given the option of studying ethics instead, a subject which carries the same weight as Islamiat towards their applications to continue in further education. The proposed change is that Christian students will be able to study Christianity instead of ethics as an alternative to Islamic studies.

In recent years, there has been a growing demand among religious minorities for non-Muslim students to have their own religious lessons in place of Islamiat.

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