ISLAMABAD - Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani has formally asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and chief ministers of all the four provinces to make the constitutional history of Pakistan a compulsory subject ‘to inculcate an understanding and commitment to the Constitution.’
In separate letters written to the prime minister and four chief ministers, Chairman Rabbani said steps might be taken for incorporation of the constitutional history of Pakistan in the curriculum of all federal and provincial educational institutions up to the intermediate level.
He said the decision was taken in light of discussion held during the Senate sitting on April 13 in which parliamentary leaders and members had an agreement to make constitutional history a compulsory subject.
The Senate had observed April 10 as Constitution Day to commemorate passage of the Constitution (by the National Assembly of Pakistan) in 1973.
"In the Senate sitting held on 13th April, an hour-long discussion was held on the Constitution of Pakistan. During the discussions, the parliamentary leaders and members were of the opinion that the constitutional history of Pakistan should be made a compulsory subject in all educational and training institutions to inculcate an understanding and commitment to the Constitution," Rabbani said in the separate letters addressed to PM and CMs.
The letters further say that the Senate is conscious of the fact that education is a devolved subject and curriculum and syllabus are no longer in the federal domain after the omission of the Concurrent List from the Fourth Schedule to the Constitution, 1973.   In view of the above, the Senate proposed that steps may be taken for incorporation of the constitutional history of Pakistan as a compulsory subject in the curriculum of all federal educational Institutions up to the intermediate level, the letters add.