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‘Unified curriculum can curb militancy'

Update : 26 May 2013, 04:37 AM

A unified curriculum for the country’s Alia, Kawami madrasas and all the other educational institutions would eliminate militancy and politics, in the name of Islam, said speakers at a seminar titled “Political Economy of Madrasa Education” held at Dhaka University’s RC Majumder Arts Auditorium.

The programme was organised by Bangladesh College-University Teachers’ Association’s Dhaka University unit.

The speakers further added, due to a lack of scientific knowledge and less job opportunities, the madrasa students easily get involved in militant politics.

Addressing the programme, Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka UniversityProfessor AAMS Arefin Siddique said:“The education system could not be framed appropriately,as a result poor people make wrong decisions about their children’s education.”

The VC admitted the difficulties regarding the admission of madrasa students in certain departments of the university like Economics, Law and English.

Professor emeritus Anisuzzaman said, no other governments in the world except Bangladesh have ever continued multi-educational systems.

He added, “we do not want to stop madrasa education system, rather we can make all the schoolsto give religious teachings if the curriculum is modified in a way to avoid communalism and militant activities.”

Kaberi Gayan, a teacher of Mass Communication and Journalism at Dhaka University said, students of Kawami Madrasa become unemployed and disappointed as they lack knowledge on the basic principles of religions and Islam as well as modernization.

Professor Shafiquzzaman, Professor AKM Haroonar Rashid, women activist leader Rokeya Kabir, among others, spoke at the occasion while Professor MM Akash presented the key note paper.

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