In a significant move, The School Education and Literacy Department (SELD) has taken a firm stance against objectionable content found in Cambridge books. The department has decided to ban the usage of certain Cambridge books in schools across the region, citing concerns over the presence of objectionable material. The SELD’s Chief Adviser Fauzia Khan wrote a letter to the director general of private schools and the director general of school education, informing them about the two inappropriate essays. In her letter, she advised that they be alert that the controversial/banned syllabus and textbooks are not used in the public and private institutions of Sindh.
List of Objectionable Content Found in Cambridge Books
The first objectionable article is from the coursebook for Sociology under the chapter The Family with the sub-heading “Same Sex Family”. “This article has been investigated and it has been found that the content is highly controversial which was a part of Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) O-Level syllabus of Sociology 2251 for 2025-27,” Khan’s letter read. She further added: “It was also revealed that in Paper-2, Unit-4, under the heading different types of family, the term same-sex family has been added for 2023-24 examination and same has been further extended within the topic where same-sex marriages are mentioned.”
Another article from chapter 15 of “The History and Culture of Pakistan” written by Nigel Kelly contains controversial material against singled-out political leaders of the country. “Text on alleged corruption without mentioning that it could be proven in a court of law is also intellectual dishonesty and claiming these issues to be the highlight of any specific political leader is counterproductive to national harmony and the spirit of understanding each other,” she said.