Assam education minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma introduced the bill in the assembly. “The objective to introduce the bill, namely the Assam Repealing bill 2020 is to provide for Repeal of the Assam Madrassa Education (Provincialisation) Act 1995 and the Assam Madrassa Education (Provincialisation of services of employees and re-organisation of Madrassa Educational Institutions) Act 2018″.
The objects and reasons of the bill stated, “With the aim to provide exposure towards more subjects and enable greater flexibility with more frequent formative assessment for learning, a policy decision has been taken by the Government of Assam to convert all the provincialized and Private Madrassa educational institutions of the state into Upper primary, high school and higher secondary school etc with effect from 1/4/2021”.
It further stated, “After such conversions of Madrassa institutions, there shall not be any change in the status, pay and allowances, service conditions, etc. of the teaching and non-teaching staff presently working in Madrassa institutions including their seniority. However they will be governed by Assam Secondary Education (provincialized schools) service rules, 2018. The Assam Madrassa Education (Provincialisation) Act 1995 and the Assam Madrassa Education (Provincialisation of services of employees and re-organisation of Madrassa Educational Institutions) Act 2018 will become redundant.”
Sarma told media persons, “Madrassa boards will be dissolved. We are not against any religion however there cannot be religious education at government expense. If Quran is taught than Bhagvad Geeta and the Bible must also be taught. We cannot teach religious scriptures at government expense.“ Around 1200 madrassas are functional in Assam. The Assam cabinet recently approved the introduction of a bill for repeal of provisions of madrasa and Sanskrit tolls.
Sarma recently stated, “We have decided to shut down state run madrassas based on certain definite research. During the survey it was found that most of the students studying their aspire to become doctor, engineers and professors and till class 9 or 10 they are in dark for they do not know this is not the medium through which they can fulfil their aspiration.”
The education minister recently said that state run Madrassa is the legacy of Muslim league under Syed Muhammad Saadulla, who was Prime minister of Assam in 1934 in British India.