CHITRAL, June 6: This is with reference to a report on the curriculum development in Khowar published in chitraltoday.net on June 2. http://chitraltoday.net/millions-squandered-on-khowar-primer/
The simple fact is that speech community could be involved in the process through a few people only. Those who left behind are jealous and they want to sabotage and subvert the process of introducing Khowar as a compulsory subject. This act also speaks loudly about psyche of Chitrali people and their peculiar trait of leg pulling and mudslinging.
Mr. Zahiruddin has reported that the Directorate of Curriculum and Teachers Education (DCTE) Abbottabad had entertained the authors and reviewers of Khowar primer with boarding, lodging and travel allowances. The fact is that the Khyber Pakhwtunkhwa Textbook Board organized all this process. The allowances’ matter is the only bone of contention. Some people did not turn up at the initial stage of the work only because they were not sure about reimbursement of the expenses. When they missed the train, they began shouting as disgruntled elements.
I wonder, why Chitralis cannot show patience like the people of Peshwar, Hazara, Kohistan and D.I. Khan. The good news is that there is consensus among the writers, teachers and political leadership of the speech community of Pashto, Hindko, Seraiki, Khowar and Kohistani on the scripts of their languages. In the next two years, the DCTE, Textbook Boar and Provincial Languages Promotion Authority (PLP) will have language experts on board and panel of authors will be identified for writing textbooks. Teachers will be recruited for all the five languages and reading material will be published accordingly. The process needs patience and tolerance.
The Khowar curriculum developers’ team highly recognizes and commends the services and enormous cooperation of the Directorate of Curriculum and Teachers Education (DCTE).—Dr Inayatullah Faizi