The Punjab legislative assembly has passed a Curriculum and Textbook Board (Amendment) Bill 2020, which has given approval to the suggestions from a group of Ulema on the publication of any religious material in the textbooks.
As per the bill, any textbook or Islamic content included in it would first be screened by the Muttahida Ulema Board, Punjab. Approval would be needed by the board before any Islamic content is published in the textbooks.
Presently, the Ulema board is mandated to suggest a ban on any book or part of the currciculum that as per them contains some objectionable content. But, the change would now give Ulema the authority to give approval before any content is published.
The opposition legislators and the treasury benches congratulated each other on the passing of this bill.
On the occasion, Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, the Punjab Assembly speaker said that the provincial government has placed an end to the practice of spreading wrong messages in the name of religion via different tactics in the books of children.
He said that they want to protect the coming generations. He also added that Pakistan was built on the name of Islam and hence no compromise could be made on controversial content.