The Pakistani Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Rana Tanveer Hussain, has written a letter to Cambridge calling for the removal of a “highly objectionable” chapter about “same-sex family” in an O-level sociology book. The move comes after senators Mohsin Aziz and Faisal Saleem Rehman raised alarm bells about the content, which they said is contrary to Islamic and cultural teachings and values of Pakistani society.
Hussain endorsed the senators’ views and assured the Senate that the government will write to the provinces to take necessary measures in this connection. He explained that unlike the previous government, the incumbent government has evolved a consensus on the national curriculum, and all four provinces are signatories to the new national curriculum.
Senator Aziz said the chapter on “same-sex family” could not be even discussed in the family system here in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and read out some portions of the content. He regretted the terms lesbian and gays used in the chapter and wondered how such things were looked at by the authorities. The move has sparked debate on the kind of education being imparted to young children and how it aligns with Pakistani values and culture.
Courtesy Geo News