ISLAMABAD (Monitoring Desk): Federal Minister for Education and Vocational Training Shafqat Mahmood has said that before passing a bill in the National Assembly to make Arabic compulsory in schools in Islamabad, the National Assembly Standing Committee Will be sent for review.
According to a report by Geo TVThe Minister clarified that Quranic teachings have already been imparted in all Pakistani schools, adding that the decision to teach Classical Arabic in the school as opposed to traditional Arabic had been under consideration for some time.
Shafqat Mahmood added that the PTI-led government had no reservations about teaching Arabic in schools.
“We will present a complete design bill in the House in this regard,” the minister said. “A majority of members of the National Assembly have voted to send the bill to the Standing Committee for review.”
Reacting to the education minister’s remarks, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal MNA Abdul Kabir Chitrali said that languages keep evolving, so it would be better if the minister did not oppose the decision. [to include Arabic in the curriculum].
He demanded that “instead of sending it to the Standing Committee for review, the bill should be passed with immediate effect.”