"It was evident at the Aurat March that people stand divided and there were distinct cultures in the same country. This is a cultural issue and it arises from the schooling system; this will be our first step towards synthesising our education system so that it is equal for everyone and socio-economic class differences are eliminated."
On the face of it, Prime Minister Imran Khan's comments during a recent press conference seem fine; after all, inclusive policy-making for access to education is one of the demands of Aurat March.
That said, knowing IK's history calling feminism a "western concept", his comments drew ire on social media for criticising cultural diversity and painting off the movement as an elitist affair. Who's going to tell him that those with privilege march for all those without?
"By next year, we're launching one core syllabus for each school. Everyone will have to study one core subject, and on top of that schools are free to choose extra subjects of their own. This is so that we can contribute to nation building, and distinct cultures are eliminated," he added.
Nowhere in the vague statement does he mention what this one core subject will be but here's hoping it's gender studies or life skills based education!
Our differences should be celebrated, not stifled
Culture evolves, as it should
Some great questions here...
Did someone scream mood?