Education Ministry: Decision to put references instead of Quran verses in textbooks later revoked

Education Minister Dr. Aishath Ali at a press conference on August 8, 2021. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Ministry of Education on Thursday stated that the decision to give preferences to the Quran instead of including the verses in school textbooks was later revoked.

In September, multiple instances of Quran verses being written wrong in textbooks used by school students had surfaced subsequent to which the ministry commended efforts to find and revise any mistakes in textbooks.

A rumor recently circulated on social media regarding the ongoing work to revise the curriculum and amend the errors found in textbooks; alleging that the ministry had instructed to give references to the specific verses where needed instead of including the actual verses in the textbooks for grades 1-12.

The letter from the ministry which called for these changes as books are being printed for next year as well as 2023, was dated to November 25.

After further evaluating their decision, the ministry issued another letter on December 7, recalling the contents of the former letter.

In a statement released by the Ministry of Education on Thursday, it was stated that the initial letter was not intended to lessen the importance given to Quran, but rather to eliminate the issue of errors when writing verses in textbooks.

The statement further claimed that after realizing that removing all the verses from the books was not the best measure, they send out the second letter.

The ministry also apologized to parents for causing any distress due to this.