Madrasa students may soon get formal primary education

The state government has decided to take formal primary education to madrasas.

Written by Swatee Kher | Mumbai | Updated: April 17, 2014 5:17:17 pm

The state government has decided to take formal primary education to madrasas. In a move that could benefit hundreds of students,it has proposed to pay salaries if the Islamic religious schools decide to appoint teachers specifically for the purpose.

Each madrasa will receive Rs 80,000 per primary teacher and also get to choose the subjects to be taught. The teachers will be trained every two years. For teaching formal curriculum subjects such as science,mathematics,language and social studies,the recruits would get enhanced pay.

If they accept the proposal,madrasas could also avail Rs 2 lakh for development of infrastructure and other facilities.

The government has decided to set aside Rs 4 crore for the scheme and is likely to seek nod of the state cabinet for the provision.

Minister for minority development Naseem Khan said the government would soon put the proposal before the state cabinet for consideration and approval.

He expected some opposition,but said the government would nevertheless go ahead with the plan.

“There might be some opposition to the move,but we believe formal education should be imparted to children attending madrasas. Funds would be provided for teachers imparting education,” Khan said.

The state proposal is similar to the central scheme for providing quality education to madrasas (SPQEM) that seeks to bring about qualitative improvement to enable madrasa students to attain standards of the national education system in formal subjects.

Under SPQEM,funds are provided for setting up science and computer labs in secondary and higher secondary-stage madrasas.

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