Guwahati: The Assam government is going to close all government-run madrasas and Sanskrit schools in the state and a notification in this regard will be issued in November. State Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said this on Saturday. He also said that the madrasas were opened in the pre-independence era and are a legacy of the “Muslim League”. The state education minister said in a press conference here that the state madrasa education board would be dissolved and all government-run madrasas would be converted into high schools.
Existing students will be admitted afresh as regular students. He said, “Final year students will be allowed to pass and pass, but all the students who enroll in these schools in January next year will have to study like regular students.” The minister said that Sanskrit schools will be handed over to Kumar Bhaskaravarma Sanskrit University and converted into teaching and learning centers where Indian culture, civilization and nationalism will be studied.
He said, “This step has been taken so that these students also get regular education under the Assam Board of Secondary Education (SEBA).” Sarma said, “However, they are considered to be the same as those who appear in the board examination….” The same weightage was given to students studying in madrasas and culture schools as regular schools in the 1990s. The government had started and it has continued since then.
When asked whether this decision has been taken in view of next year’s assembly elections, the minister said, “How can this be an electoral issue.” We are only closing government-run madrasas and not private madrasas. ” Sarma said that there are 610 government-run madrasas in Assam, on which the government spends Rs 260 crore annually.