RE The Punjab Text Book Board (PTB) was using delaying tactics to include special awareness lesson of dengue epidemic despite the clear instructions by Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, TheNation learnt on Friday.
Sources revealed that the Punjab Education Department had written a letter to PTB Chairman a couple of weeks ago, in which it was directed that dengue awareness stuff be added in the books of all classes.
The sources said the board had failed to outline any mechanism regarding the addition as the books of almost all classes were in process of printing. They said the board chairman was holding meetings with subject specialists daily but did not bother to stop the printing of the books. Perhaps, the board chairman wants to justify that the books had been published and they were unable to add the material. He was using delaying tactics to finalise the material and add it to the books. There may be pressure from publishers who want to complete printing early in order to get more work, sources added.
It may be mentioned here that the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has explicitly stated many times regarding the addition of dengue awareness material in the syllabus of all classes from one to ten. This was also a part of Chief Ministers campaign 'Qadam BarhaoDengue Mokao. The CM also was spreading awareness on dengue through social networking site Facebook. The CM formally launched the Facebook page during a function for dengue-eradication. A publisher of Urdu Bazaar, on condition of anonymity, told this scribe that they did not get any instruction regarding stoppage of printing from the Board office so far. He said almost 20 to 30 per cent books had been printed and were in process of binding. He said now, it would be too much difficult for them to add some pages in any book.
Moreover, he said, it would cause huge loss if the board would force them to add something in ready books.
The sources said that the board authorities had planned to add a chapter in the books of Science and Urdu of every class. Although, they said, subject specialists were busy in writing dengue awareness stuff for some classes, but it would be too late.
The board chairman Izhar Ahmed Sheikh was reluctant to comment on the issue despite repeated requests by this scribe.