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Pakistan: Education

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if his Department will assist Pakistan to broaden the curriculum of madrassahs; and if he will make a statement. (245016)

While support from the Department for International Development (DFID) does not specifically focus on broadening the curriculum of madrassas, our education programmes will assist Pakistan’s ambitious education reforms, which include measures to expand the national curriculum. The new curriculum will be reflected in textbooks and improved quality of teaching in both public and private schools, including madrassas. DFID support to build up the capacity within provincial education departments will also ensure better state regulation of all schools, including madrassas, to meet minimum standards of quality education.