Officials are sealing schools teaching Iranian curriculum in Quetta: Photo provided by AC Muhammad Zohaib ul Haq

Teaching Iranian syllabus: Quetta administration seals six schools

Syed Ali Shah, Manan Khan : 

Quetta administration has sealed six schools for teaching Iranian syllabus instead of the national curriculum on Saturday. The administration also found “unacceptable literature” during an operation against the aforementioned schools.

“Yes, we have sealed six schools in Hazara Town and Kirani road areas of Quetta”, Muhammad Zohaib ul Haq, the Assistant Commissioner City told Quetta Voice. He revealed that owners and teachers of schools were Iranian nationals.

Schools were teaching Iranian syllabus for three decades

The schools were teaching the Iranian syllabus for last more than three decades instead of the national curriculum. “This was a clear violation of law”, Mr. Haq said. He stated that the authorities have also launched a thorough investigation into the operation of such schools in Balochistan.

Shabir Ahmed, the Director of Balochistan Education Foundation said these schools were established under a memorandum of understanding in 1991. However, neither the schools were registered nor inspected by any authority.

Mr. Ahmed mentioned that the Balochistan Private Educational Institute Registration and Regulation Act makes it mandatory for the schools to get them registered.

Khaliq Hazara endorses sealing schools 

Chairman Hazara Democratic Party (HDP), Abdul Khaliq Hazara has endorsed the sealing of schools teaching Iranian syllabus. “Will other countries allow us to teach Pakistan’s curriculum”, Mr. Hazara said.

He said if the schools operate like Pak-Turk schools under an agreement between the two countries, then, no objection. Khaliq Hazara stated that such schools have put the future of students at stake since the Pakistani educational institutions don’t give admission to them.

Quetta administration has also launched a crackdown against such educational institutions teaching foreign curriculum. “We are going to take action against such schools in future also”, Zohaib ul Haq stated.

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Quetta Voice is an English Daily covering all unfolding political, economic and social issues relating to Balochistan, Pakistan's largest province in terms of area. QV's main focus is on stories related to education, promotion of quality education and publishing reports about out of school children in the province. QV has also a vigilant eye on health, climate change and other key sectors.