Recently, the Lahore High Court (LHC) has directed all educational institutes under the Punjab Board to make Quran teachings mandatory. All Punjab Board educational institutions must begin implementing Quranic teachings, as a separate subject from Islamiat, starting from the academic session 2021.
According to Lahore High Court Justice Shahid Waheed, all students must be aware of the teachings of the Holy Quran. Therefore, the court has finalized its decision has passed an order to include the Quran with its translation in the new curriculum of the 2021 academic session.
Implementation of Quran Teaching for Matric and Intermediate
Earlier the National Assembly had passed the bill to teach the Holy Quran to all students in all the educational institutes. Thus, the Lahore High Court has directed the public and private schools to initiate Quran classes from class 1 to 4 across the Punjab province.
Moreover, according to the new order, students of the 6th class to 12th class should study the Quran with translation. Thus matric and intermediate students should also be taught Quran teachings as part of their curriculum.
In June, the Punjab government had also announced to make the teachings of the Quran compulsory for all the students of the universities of Pakistan.
Holy Quran Act
The decision to start teaching Quranic lessons across the Punjab province comes after the petition to teach this as a subject across the country. Previously, a petition was filed in the Lahore High Court regarding the implementation of the Quran teachings in all the educational institutes across the country.
As per the petition it was appealed to the court to implement Sections 3 and 4 of the Compulsory Teaching of the Holy Quran Act mentioned in the constitution of 2017.
Therefore, all educational institutions under the Punjab Board have been instructed to begin conducting Quran teachings, for all students including matric and intermediate, starting from the academic session 2021.