Originationof the BillPunjab Curriculum and TextbookBoard Act aims to build a nation through quality textbooks, arranged accordingto cultural innovation, which seeks to establish a revised process of learning forstudents and teaching passion of teachers. It strives to increase the prospectsof learning in order to produce more bright minds and increase the percentageof educated individuals in Punjab. Prior tothe act of Provincial Textbook Board, there was less control of the Governmenton publication, printing and distribution of the textbooks. The provision of sufficienttextbooks both in quality and quantity has been quite problematic which is amajor concern for educational authorities for a number of years.
Dating back tothe Constitution of National Education Commission by the Government of Pakistanin 1959, the recommendations of the Chairman, S.M Sharif Commission wasapproved by a committee headed by General Nasir Ali Khan in 1962 and theestablishment of Textbook Boards was suggested to safeguard the production ofstandardized reasonable textbooks and supplementary material.Functions of the BillThebasic functions of the Punjab Curriculum & Textbook Board Act are to makearrangements for the production and publication of textbooks for classes I toXII for reasonable prices and their suitable accessibility in both private andpublic sectors. The functions of the bill primarily focus on theimplementation of the educational policies of the Government in regards withthe revised curricula, textbooks, manuscript. Development, approval, productionand publication of the text-books and supplementary material will start immediately.Approval of manuscripts of the textbook and supplementary material will be sanctionedby a person or an agency first, then the revised curricula, schemes of studies,manuscripts of the textbooks and schedules will be introduced in all classes ofinstitutions.
The arrangement for the production and publication of textbooksand supplementary material relating will lay down specific methods to regulateand control production. For example; the printing, publication and sale oftextbooks and other supplementary material along with the production ofreference and research material relating to the problems of curricula andpreparation of textbooks will regulate and control the process of printing. Thepublication and sale of textbooks and supplementary material will control thepolicy relating to the distribution of text-books and supplementary materialalong with the appointment of agencies for that purpose. There will also be trainingcourses arranged for the compilers and assessors of curricula and the authorsof the text-books. Furthermore, workshops and seminars will put to action foran effective use of text-books and supplementary materials. The conduct ofresearch in curricula, textbooks and supplementary materials will beintroduced. There will be exhibitions of textbooks and supplementary materialsarranged.
A mobile library will be built and maintained. Arguments and challenges faced after and betweenthe passing of lawWhile the bill was in process of being a law, one of the argumentsthat came up were by the Parliamentary Secretary for School Education, JoyceJulias, who claimed that there were enough facilities provided in the schoolwhereas the oppositional party argued against the proposed claim as there was aneed for a Board to set up to provide a revised curriculum and textbooks alongwith their supplementary material.After the passing of thePunjab Curriculum and Textbook board, one of the criticisms that the board cameacross was the claim that the Punjab Textbook Board’s textbooks were filledwith errors and mistakes. The curriculum review committees failed to recognizethe mistakes because they had no experts on board with them.