The decision was announced by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a meeting with Bangladesh Qawmi Madrasa Education Board and Hefazat-e-Islam leaders at Ganabhaban on Tuesday evening
The government has decided to acknowledge Qawmi madrasa’s “dawah-e-hadith” as a post-graduate degree.
The decision was announced by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a meeting with Bangladesh Qawmi Madrasa Education Board and Hefazat-e-Islam leaders at Ganabhaban on Tuesday evening.
Maulana Farid Uddin Masuud, convener of the Bangladesh Qawmi Madrasa Education Authority Act Analysis Committee, confirmed this to the Dhaka Tribune Tuesday night.
The Education Ministry recommended the move to the prime minister following a meeting with Qawmi Madrasa Education Board members and Hefazat leaders at the Secretariat on March 28.
As per the recommendations, an examination board under the board will be formed. The government will not have any supervisory power over the exam system keeping up with the demands made by Hefazat and the board members. Even, the examination board will not allow any representative from the government.
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“Qawmi madrasa will get the recognition from the government as per the recommendations made by the Education Ministry. The prime minister has formally announced the decision in today’s meeting,” said Maulana Masuud.
Maulana Azizul Haque, organising secretary of Hefazat, said “We are not going to allow government representatives in the exam board because we do not want outside influence in our system.”
Criticising the stance of the Qawmi madrasa leaders, education expert Prof Syed Manzoorul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune: “If they do not allow government representatives into the examination committee, the students will suffer.”
The government initially planned for a change in the Qawmi madrasa curriculum before giving the recognition to the education system. But the Qawmi madrasa teachers stood firm on their position to keep their system free from the any outside influence or the appropriation of the existing curriculum.
Qawmi madrasas are operated through private donation without any government regulation.
According to the Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics, there are 13,902 Qawmi madrasas in Bangladesh that impart education to around 1.4 million students.