“The Impression that Pakistan being an Islamic State is thereby a Theocratic State is being sedulously fostered in certain quarters with the sole object of discrediting her in the eyes of the world. To anyone conversant with the basic principles of Islam, it should be obvious that in the fields of civics, Islam has always stood on complete social democracy and social justice, as the history of the early Caliphs will show, and has not sanctioned government by a sacerdotal class deriving its authority from God...Islam has not recognized any distinction between man and man based on sex, race or worldly possessions...”

–Fazul Rahman, First Education Minister of Pakistan,

All Pakistan Educational Conference, Karachi, Nov 1947.

At the creation of the country, education did not get an independent minister, but was given as an additional department to the interior minister, Fazul Rahman, whose role as interior minister gave greater gravity to his comments on education.

One of the primary concerns of Fazul Rahman was that he wanted to create a ‘new’ educational system. This notion was predicated in the eagerness of the government to provide a ‘third way’ as Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan argued. The eagerness to find another option, coupled by a romantic notion of the golden age of Islam, it seems, was the main driving force behind these ministers believing that they had something new, unique and fulfilling to offer to the world. However Pakistan’s education system is dilapidated to a point where it is neither new nor inspired. Change is necessary and it must come keeping in mind the earliest notions of what education should be like in Pakistan; secular, inclusive and equal.