Why should you use CANTAB? We have made a difference in the Pakistani society by creating a common curriculum for the children of this country. The child that comes out of a private school mostly embraces the western culture or grows up into a bureaucrat just to rule the country. He walks without any idea of his culture, national ideology and religious code of life.
Thirty years ago, private schools did not exist. That was the time when same curriculum was taught in all government educational institutions. There was a kind of unity and coherence in the society. Past three decades produced an elite class, hibernated at private institutes, who were alienated in their own country losing their national identity by following the curriculum of western nations just to ‘fascinate’ the common public.
According to an estimate, 50% students are educated at schools out of the whole lot, and out of those 50%, 95% are from private schools. CANTAB surveyed the situation with astonishing results: These young fellows taught at private institutes, are devoid of eastern culture, ideology of Pakistan and Islam. There was a huge deficit of local publishers in terms of horizontal and vertical linkage in the books, they published. A gradual decline in the standard of books followed. Obviously, the credit goes to CANTAB who brought to light the chaotic situation in the knowledge of PCTB and the common public. CANTAB evaluated the national curriculum, stressing the need for horizontal and vertical linkage in the successive levels of learning and education.
There are local textbook boards in each province that have their own books targeted for government schools but those books were not without flaws. Private school mafia manipulated those flaws by selling their multicultural, international product, save any national or cultural ingredient in them. The loss of quality for one institution was the gain (in business) for the other. Therefore, the private schools flourished and thrived but created huge gaps in the society. It has created a class system in education that further mutated into a Frankenstein’s ‘monster’ of social prejudices. The next generation is culturally, estranged to one another. There is a need for stopping this awkward class-split in the society from drowning into complete disorder and confusion. CANTAB came forward and answered the call. Our organization has enlightened the nation with an age-old motto/slogan:
“One Curriculum, one nation.”
It’s laid great emphasis on national cohesion and cultural unity, through well-written books, in order to transform the whole Pakistani society to the state as it was 30 years ago when there was only one curriculum to serve the nation.
The problem arose when provincial boards introduced textbook to all types of schools in distant villages and thought that it suited to the standard of rustic students. However, private sector did not want that level. So they exploited the weakness of govt. school textbooks to their advantage and with the help of private publishers, they introduced international standard books which were no doubt better but were a far cry from Islam, culture and Pakistani ideology. On the other hand, private sector produced books mimicking the international standard, but they were leaving gaps behind, and they were hardly well researched at all. International standard books and private publishers have their own problems. Now only one solution came into mind i.e., such books should be written that cater for the needs of private schools as well as government institutions, yet in line with the National Curriculum. These books are meant to keep horizontal and vertical linkage intact and maintain national cohesion because they will lead to the same direction in time when 30 years ago, we were one nation. What CANTAB did? It revolutionized the academic book writing by producing books whose standard matched the global standard. We reinvented the old idea of one curriculum, one nation by creating exclusive books keeping in view the international standard embedding the ideology of Pakistan, culture and Islam, and our guideline, has always been, the National Curriculum.