Punjab Government Has Banned Dancing At School Events

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Punjab Government Has Banned Dancing At School Events

Punjab Government Has Banned Dancing At School Events: Schools forcing students to join and take part in dances or any other “immoral activities” that are believed irreligious would have their authorizations cancelled, said a notice from Punjab government. And those found violating the ban including teachers, and heads of the institutions, will face action.

Occasion and events such as competitions, prize distribution, parents’ day, teachers’ day, even speeches and orientations there was a practice of students dancing on Pakistani and Indian songs. Notification added that as per government rules dancing have been banned regardless of the occasion.

The ban applies to both government and private educational institutions in the province. District Education Officers (DEO) in the Punjab province has been engaged to guarantee these rules are imposed in their areas.

Punjab Government Has Banned Dancing At School Events
Punjab Government Has Banned Dancing At School Events

PSED Chief Executive Officer Zahid Bashir Goraya said that the decision was taken after the department received complaints that children were being made to dance on Pakistani and Indian songs at school events. Due to the recent increase in the reports of sexual abuse of children, some critics are of the opinion that making kids dance leads to their sexualisation.

In 2016 Sindh assembly wrote to the provincial education minister to take “appropriate action” in an attempt to ban dance performances in classes by 3 Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers. However, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah  ordered the removal of any such notification, saying that the provincial government believes in preserving and promoting culture and heritage as protected in the Constitution of Pakistan.

Recently Punjab government pursuing the complaints by the parents has ordered strict regulations that the license of those schools both public and private allowing or forcing children to dance at any event would be suspended by the education department warned by Goraya.

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