Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has approved the hiring of 70,000 Arabic Teachers for the mandatory teaching of the Holy Quran in all schools across the province.
The development comes after the School Education Department had submitted the proposal of recruiting 70,000 Arabic Teachers in Punjab to the Cabinet.
According to Dawn News, the School Education Department Secretary Ghulam Fareed told the media outlet that Arabic Teachers were being trained in Punjab for the compulsory teaching of the Holy Quran in schools across the province from Grade 1 to 5.
It is pertinent to mention that the Lahore High Court (LHC) had mandated the teaching of the Holy Quran in all schools in the province. The decision was made in response to the implementation of the Punjab Compulsory Teaching of Holy Quran Act, 2018.
Currently, the LHC is hearing an appeal in this regard and the bench has sought a report from the Punjab Government after which an official has told the bench that 7,000 teachers are currently being trained in the first phase. He added that over 60,000 Arabic Teachers were required in the province.
The bench adjourned the meeting till 3 January 2021 and directed the education department to submit a progress report. However, the cabinet has approved the hiring of 70,000 Arabic Teachers in Punjab.
It bears mentioning that the bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) had earlier directed the sessions judges of all districts in Punjab to check whether the Holy Quran was being taught in schools as a mandatory subject. The judge had also ordered to ensure that the Holy Quran was being taught in a proper manner.