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Pakistan’s National Education Policy discriminates against religious minorities


Asia News reports that the Working Group for Inclusive Education (WGIE) and the Center for Social Justice (CSJ) held a meeting on the 20th of March to discuss solutions for Pakistan’s low education standards and religious discrimination before the launch of the new National Education Policy (NEP).


Pakistan will implement the NEP in the near future. It is a new policy that “provides for compulsory Islamiat (Islamic studies) for all students of all faiths. This will drive many non-Muslim primary school pupils to drop out,” says Abdul Hameed Nayyar, an experienced educator in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s NEP pushes for a religious-based society, where Muslim-focused materials are mandatory starting in first grade. Non-Muslim students will not be allowed to study from the Quaran, and teachers will separate them from Muslim students. 


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