Education Minister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Naufel is emphasizing on teaching government education up to an age limit in Qawmi madrasas. He was also said to work with Befaqul Madarisil Arabia (Befaq), the regulatory body of Qaumi Madrasahs, on the issue.
The minister said that unregistered madrasas are being built all over the country, leading to a decrease in attendance in government primary schools. Calling it a big challenge for all, he said, "It has to be resolved."
The minister said these things in response to questions from journalists after the working session of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Primary Education at the Osmani Auditorium on Sunday evening.
Naufel also said that the government is also thinking about the educational program of Qawmi Madrasa. He said, 'Up to an age limit there is to follow the National Curriculum. Otherwise the students will not be able to acquire the desired qualifications and skills. For this, I will work with Befaq.
The minister also mentioned about sitting with the leaders and boards of Qaumi Madrasa last year. He said, there was a discussion about whether the age at which education is supposed to be attained in the madrasa is being ensured or not.
For this reason, NCTB has sent the books prepared in their curriculum (madrasa) to Qaumi. They have been verified.
Highlighting the topic of giving equivalent to master's degree to the highest certificate of Qaumi Madrasa, Dawrae Hadith, Naufel said, "However, there are allegations that those students are not getting that qualification at the field level. We want those studying in Qaumi Madrasas to get the minimum education they are supposed to attain within an age range. We will work towards that goal. In this case they also have to be strict. The education system should be brought into a framework.
Asked what the DCs said, the education minister said, "The issue of unregistered madrassas came up." It has been said by the district administration, due to the spread of these institutions, even though students are enrolled in the primary education of the government, there is a decrease in attendance.
Asked what the government is thinking, Naufel said, "We will discuss in the future whether such an institution (Nurani Madrasa) can be closed during the general education program."
He also said, 'The attendance rate will increase in unregistered institutions, attendance will decrease in institutions run by the government's curriculum, which is never desirable. In this regard, we will work with the field administration and the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education. How Befaq is registering them through six boards, we have to work with them.
Stating that the field administration has conducted a survey across the country with the law enforcement agencies regarding the registration of Qaumi Madrasahs, he said, "We will work with the Ministry of Home Affairs on that too."
To a question about sexual harassment in educational institutions, the minister said, "Even when criminal incidents occur, a defense is given to the Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee by arguing that 'complaints are under investigation'." Whether the committee investigates or not, so that the police can take action according to the prevailing laws of the country, we do not stop it.
Naufel said that the DCs talked a lot about the new curriculum in the school, "They did not talk about any negative experience about it." As a result, we can assume that the teaching learning process of the curriculum has been accepted by teachers and parents.