If sanctioned, the law will recognize the highest degree of Qawmi Madrasa- Dawra-e-Hadith- as equivalent to a Master's degree in Islamic Studies and Arabic in mainstream education
The Education Ministry has finalized the draft of the proposed law for recognizing the highest degree of Qawmi madrasa - "Dawra-e-Hadith"- as equivalent to a Master's degree in Islamic Studies and Arabic in mainstream education.
According to affiliated sources, the Technical and Madrasa Education Division has recently finalized the draft, reports the Bangla Tribune.
Last year on April 11, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declared the decision to recognize Dawra-e-Hadith as equivalent to a Master's degree. Later, the Education Ministry issued a circular.
However, due to a lack of laws regarding the subject, the certificate was not equivalent to a Master’s degree, which prompted the government to take the initiative to formulate a law.
A nine-member committee led by a member from the University Grants Commission (UGC) was given the task to draft the law. The Technical and Madrasa Education Division prepared the draft according to the committee's guidelines last week.
Regarding the finalized draft, Additional Secretary (Madrasa) Rawnak Mahmud said: "The draft says those who will pass their 'Dawra-e-Hadith' exam based on the curriculum under the Qawmi education system, will get the recognition of a Master's degree in Islamic Studies and Arabic in mainstream education."
Currently, there are three streams of madrasa education - Alia, Qawmi, and independent madrasas. Even though Alia madrasas have a government controlled board and there is a provision for the students to enter mainstream education by passing Dakhil (SSC equivalent) and Alim (HSC equivalent) exams, Qawmi madrasas lack such provisions.
After the prime minister's declaration of recognizing Dawra-e-Hadith as a Master's equivalent degree, an 11-member exam organizing committee was created, under six Qawmi education boards.
For the first time on May 15 last year, the committee organized a combined Dawra-e-Hadith exam for those under the six Qawmi education boards. The law is being prepared to recognize the certificates of those who passed the exam as equivalent to a Master's degree.