Assam Assembly Passes Bill To Convert All State Madrasas To Regular Schools

The Assam Repealing Bill 2020 that was passed in the state’s legislative assembly yesterday, will enable the conversion of 600 state-funded madrasas to be converted to regular schools from1 April 2020

Raghav N

December 31, 2020

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The Assam Legislative Assembly passed a bill to convert all government-funded madrasas to regular schools from April 1, 2021. The legislation was approved amidst a high-octane drama by the opposition leaders who walked out from the house after their demand to present the law to the Select Committee was rejected.

With the implementation of the Assam Repealing Bill, 600 state-run Islamic educational institutions will be transformed to upper primary and higher secondary schools with no change of status, pay, allowances and service conditions of the teaching and non-teaching staff.

Apart from this, the ruling party also proposed for the Sanskrit schools financed by the Assam administration to be handed over to the management of the Kumar Bhaskar Varma Sanskrit and Ancient Studies University.

Cabinet minister Himanta Sarma Biswa had spoken about this move by his administration in October, citing that if madrasas receive monetary aid from the state, so should the institutes teaching the Gita and the Bible. The new reform is being hailed as a step to bring in equality in education for all by the Assam administration.

The opposition has expressed dissent over this bill slamming the ruling party for its polarization tactics in the months leading to the state’s elections next year.

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