ISLAMABAD The government sitting on the curriculum revision programme for the last four years has got another excuse, this time 18th Constitutional Amendment for further delay. Now the Federal Education Ministry is caught up in confusion regarding its discretion over provinces. According to official sources, the Ministry is reluctant to ask the provinces to adopt the revised curriculum not only because the revision was still pending but also due to the confusion whether or not it was authorised to do so after the Amendment. The Ministry initiated this project of curriculum, afresh, which was meant to be applicable throughout the country with uniformity, back in 2006 during the Musharraf regime. The much talked about new curriculum that had to be implemented from the academic year of August 2008 according to the claims of the Musharraf government could not be implemented despite the lapse of two years after the deadline. Now after the 18th Amendment, education has become entirely a provincial subject so the government has been tossing whether to transfer the project to the provinces or to keep it under federal purview. Delegating the powers to revise curriculum to the provinces would result in lack of cohesion in the overall education system of the country. Only the Punjab Education Department has managed to introduce new curriculum of Class I and besides the Federal Capital where new subjects prepared according to the new curriculum have been introduced in Class I. It is pertinent to mention here that the curriculum of 86 subjects had to be developed for onward conversion into the publication of new books. Though, the curriculum of compulsory subjects has been developed by the Curriculum Wing of the ministry and only some elective subjects are left, the provincial textbook boards moving at a snails pace and causing delays in final implementation. Involving private publishers in publishing books along with the textbook boards for the first time by former Minister for Education Lt Gen (R) Javed Ashraf Qazi also caused hurdles in the process. The ministry also hired consultants who were paid heavy amounts for preparing curriculum according to international standards while ignoring the ground realities of the schools where even the basic facilities are missing. Out of six hired consultants by the Ministry, only Seemal Gilani has been working with the Curriculum Wing while others have left. And most importantly the teachers have not been trained or prepared to teach such an advanced curriculum as the ministry claims. Joint Educational Adviser of Curriculum Wing Arif Majeed when contacted for comments, did not give any clear reply and asked this scribe to contact him during office time.