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An education for today’s world

  • Published at 06:15 pm November 6th, 2018
Madrasa student
Photo: RAJIB DHAR

It is important that we modernize and update madrasa education and bring it into a common standard

If madrasa education is to be taken seriously in the greater world -- and in the job market -- then it needs reform, particularly in the area of teacher training.

A report from the Technical and Madrasa Education Division shows a shocking three out of four madrasa teachers have no training that qualifies them to teach, and even the ones that do, are barely trained, having gone through a course spanning mere days.

It is no surprise, then, that madrasa education lacks credibility out in the job market, and madrasa students, when out in the world, find their options severely restricted. 

If we, as a nation, are serious about hitting our development goals, then we need to act fast in updating and improving the madrasa system -- this means training up teachers by 2025.

To that end, it is good to see that a proposal is to be sent to the Education Ministry to address the problem.

Furthermore, madrasas need to deliver a balanced education, and for that, there needs to be government oversight; alongside an Islamic education, madrasa students need to be exposed to subjects like science, English, history, culture, and mathematics to get a broad educational foundation.

As of now, there is no way to claim that the degree certificate issued by Qawmi madrasas, for example, is equivalent to a Master’s degree, and trying to force it to be seen as such will be detrimental to the future of education in the country.

Moving forward, it is important that we modernize and update madrasa education and bring it into a common standard of education; otherwise, our dreams of development will remain out of reach.