ISLAMABAD - According to Article 267-A, changes can be made in the 18th Amendment within a period of one year through a simple joint resolution of the Parliament and the subjects of curriculum, syllabus and Islamic Education, which have been transferred to the provinces after the passage of the aforementioned amendment, can be brought back under the purview of the Federal Education Ministry. This option was discussed at the meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Education that was held under the chairmanship of Abid Sher Ali Tuesday. The Committee also directed the Ministry to draft recommendations and submit to the Standing Committee for examination. The Committee members will meet the Constitutional Reform Committee and apprise them of their apprehensions on the issue. Minister for Education Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali gave a briefing to the committee members about the functions of the ministry which are being transferred to the provinces and the status of entries which are removed from part I of Concurrent Legislative List. He said the curriculum, syllabus, standards of education up to grade 12, centre of excellence under Entry 38 and Islamic Education under Entry 39 had been transferred to the provinces vide the 18th Constitutional Amendment. The perception of devolution of the Ministry altogether is not correct rather 85 per cent of its functions are still intact and only two entries are removed, he added. He stressed that there must be a national curriculum in which the students should be taught about Pakistan and not about a single province. If a province adopts provincial language as medium of instruction, consequences would be detrimental to the other ethnic groups in the province and after 10 to 15 years there would be Sindhis, Balochis and Punjabis rather than Pakistanis. Replying to a question, he said before drafting the 18th Amendment the Ministry was not asked about its implications and the parliamentarians were only presented the bill at the time of passage, which was so complicated that only a constitutional lawyer could understand it. Zubaida Jalal, former education minister, said Balochistan had been witnessing the same circumstances which the East Pakistan witnessed and in such a situation curriculum and syllabus should be remained under the purview of the Federal Government. She was of the view that the policy, vision and the disciplines of history, geography and Islamic Studies should be remained with the Federation and provinces could develop books accordingly. She said that for funding, which came from donors, there should be a central point from where it should go to provinces. The committee members were of the view that national integrity and harmony would be affected in the absence of national curriculum and it would destroy the achievements of 60 years. They supported the provincial autonomy but said that the integrity of Pakistan should not be destroyed in the name of devolution. The Chairman of the committee directed the ministry officials to present the record to the sub-committee constituted to probe into the irregularities made in the appointments in Federal Directorate of Education, Islamabad, so that the committee could complete its enquiry report.