LAHORE – Criticising the proposed law regarding text books publications, speakers at TheNation Forum on Tuesday urged the Punjab Assembly not to adopt the bill as it will promote bribery culture and bring disaster in education system after becoming law.

MPA Amina Ulfat, President Anjuman Tajran Urdu Bazar Khalid Pervez and Pakistan Teachers’ Federation Chairman Muhammad Azam Butt were of the views that if the bill was adopted by the Assembly, no writer or newspaper could take reference from a book. Similarly, they added that ambiguous articles of Defence of Pakistan Rules had also been included in the bill.

Punjab Supervision of Curricula Textbooks and Maintenance of Standards of Education Act 2012 had been tabled in the Punjab Assembly, under which power would be given to an authority, to be appointed by the Punjab government, in preparing syllabi of Higher Education Commission, Punjab Textbook Board, secondary education boards, Federation Education Board and the Agha Khan Foundation, said speakers, adding that under the act, the authority would be have the power to object to, and alter, any part of the syllabi of any private or government educational institutions.

They feared that authority would be comprised of government blue eyed persons and would play a dictatorial role in publication of books. It would prove a check on the freedom of speech and write, they held.