LAHORE - The federal education ministry is all set to implement National Textbook Policy amid concerns and reservations of Urdu Bazar publishers who believe that implementation of the policy could spark riots in the country as there were lot of objectionable amendments in the curriculum, sources in the Text Book Board confided to The Nation here on Tuesday. They said that efforts to change the curriculum of primary to intermediate classes started in 2001 during the government of Pervez Musharraf. The scheme of study was introduced in 2006 according to which certain objectionable changes were made in the curriculum. The sources further disclosed that a meeting in this regard was held on Tuesday in Lahore attended the representatives of the education ministry (Curriculum Wing) but no significance development was reported as stake holders and citizens recorded their protest outside the board office about their reservations. As per rules the Textbook Board was supposed to make arrangements for printings and productions of textbooks till intermediate including the supplementary material. But during the former government the education curriculum department had asked all the textbook boards not to prepare the textbooks but to play the role of a monitor. To prepare texts of the books, a GTZ named German based NGO was asked to do the same, claimed Chairman Anjumna Tajran Lahore Khalid Pervez. He said there were two reasons behind giving powers of preparing texts of the books to a foreign NGO. Firstly one heavy amount was involved in the head of royalty against the books published for the board which the education department and government wanted to give to specific people. Four books prepared by the board cost Rs 0.6 million while the same books prepared by the NGO cost about Rs 0.3 million. Secondly the NGO and the government wanted to make some amendments in curriculum and text about religion and ideology of Pakistan which could spark fire in the country after the implementation. He said by letting the NGO to prepare texts of books and after payment of heavy charges it would be hard for a poor child to get education. He was of the view that the charges of books and education in Pakistan were already high and after implementation of the policy it would double the miseries of the poor. Khlid Pervez claimed that he was offered by the said NGO officials to publish the books and let them work on their projects but he refused and said that it was not acceptable to the people of Pakistan.