LAHORE: The Punjab Curriculum and Book Board on Saturday banned a hundred school books in a single day for including material considered “anti-national” and “blasphemous”.
“We are currently examining over 10,000 books being taught in private schools so the banned textbooks could be in thousands once we are done,” Rai Manzoor Hussain Nasir, the handling director of the Punjab Curriculum and Book Board informed a private TELEVISION channel.
Nasir says he is acting under the Punjab Curriculum and Book Board Act, 2015, passed throughout the period of the previous provincial federal government.
Area 10 of the Act needs an author to look for approval from the Board prior to releasing his/her book. It even more offers the Board power to prohibit a publication which consists of “anything repugnant to the injunctions of Islam, or contrary to the integrity, defence or security of Pakistan or any part of Pakistan, public order or morality.”
While material associated to Islam in an Islamiyat, History, Pakistan Researches, Urdu or Literature book will need a consent from the spiritual Muttahida Ulema Board, along with the Punjab Curriculum and Book Board prior to it can be consisted of in a private school’s curriculum.
The handling director has actually established 30 committees to put over 10,000 textbooks of private schools. He says each committee is headed by an “expert” of the topic, whose books are being evaluated.
Of the books banned till now, one mathematical book had an image of a pig another printed an inaccurate map of Pakistan.