ISLAMABAD, Jun 7 (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – Jun 7, 2022): So far, up to 11500 seminaries (Madrassa) have been registered with the Federal Ministry of Education and Vocational Training to be incorporated into the ordinary education system.
Official sources from the General Directorate of Religious Affairs told APP that efforts are underway to bring all (35,000) madrassas across the country under the federal Ministry of Education. Under this initiative, Madrassa students would provide career opportunities in all national institutions, including the civil and armed forces.
The sources said the new curriculum will bring major reforms in the “Madrassa school system” as it was being prepared in line with the international standard and meets all modern global needs. They said the seminaries played a key role in providing education to the underprivileged segment of society.
Bring inter-religious harmony in the country; non-Muslim students learned their religion in schools. Previously, they were only taught the subject of ethics compared to Muslim students studying Islamic studies, they added. As per the agreement with the government, sources said, all Madrassas were required to register with the Ministry of Education as no seminary would be allowed to operate without registration.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Vocational Training has established 12 registration centers throughout the country for the registration of seminaries. These centers were controlled by the “Directorate General of Religious Education established in Islamabad.
Regional directorates have also been established in Karachi, Sukkur, Lahore, Multan, Rawalpindi, Quetta, Loralai, Peshawar, Kohat, Muzaffarabad and Gilgit,” the sources told APP.
All seminaries were required to open their accounts in regular banks and transact through the banks. Religious seminaries would be required to deliver a new curriculum provided by the National Curriculum Board to students in class 1 to 5 of their respective institutes.
They said the government has deployed two to three teachers to each registered seminary to teach English, Urdu, math and science, adding; registered seminaries would be allowed to enroll foreign students.
The sources said the seminaries had, in principle, accepted the initiative of the federal government to bring their students into the mainstream to ensure a uniform education system in the country.
After holding several meetings regarding religious seminaries with Wafaq-ul-Madaris, enrolled Madrassa students were appearing on the middle, matric and intermediate examinations of all school boards like students from other schools. Successful Madrassa students would receive the Matric and Intermediate degrees, he added. After the intermediate level, these students would be eligible to join the civil, security and other services, they said.
At the request of the Madrassas, the government has granted them a period of four to five years to fully implement the new education policy, the sources said, adding that the government will provide all support, including financial and educational, to the Madrassas. after their registration.
They assured that the standard of the new national curriculum would be set internationally. The new curriculum would include ethical topics for the characterization of students so that they can be a good citizen.
Madrassas were also linked to technical and vocational institutes aimed at providing vocational training to their students, the sources said. The purpose of this step was to improve the quality and standard of Madrassas education.
When asked, an official said, Madrassas would be required to teach compulsory baccalaureate and middle school subjects to their students.