Thursday, July 19, 2012

“Pakistani non-Muslims want textbooks revised” report published in UCAN on November 14, 2011

CATHOLICS urging education reform have hailed last week’s US commission report on religious intolerance in schools.
“We totally agree with the findings of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. Our surveys have also pointed the prejudices and biased in textbooks; a major factor in prevalent wave of terrorism,” said Anjum James Paul, chairman of the Pakistan Minorities Teachers’ Association PMTA based in Samundri, Faisalabad diocese.
The study states that text books in Pakistani schools foster prejudice and intolerance of Hindus and other religious minorities, while most teachers view non-Muslims as “enemies of Islam.”
Researchers this year visited 37 public schools and 19 madrassas (Islamic seminaries) to interview pupils and teachers.
The PMTA has been struggling for the rights of non Muslims students for seven years and has sent numerous recommendations to government officials for a balanced syllabus.
Paul referred to “maximum emphasis on Islamic way of life” in compulsory subjects taught from first to tenth grade. “There is disinformation, disrespect and propagation against religions other than Islam in the textbooks of Pakistan,” he added.

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