Delay in Formation of State Madrassa Board Hurts Karnataka Students

Even though there are options for students studying in Madarssas to complete certified courses.

Published: 16th December 2015 05:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th December 2015 05:57 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: Even though there are options for students studying in Madarssas to complete certified courses, the delay in constituting the State Madrassa Board has hurt their prospects.

Authorities are hopeful that the issue would be addressed soon so that the students can attend courses, which would help them pursue higher education.

As per the Minority Education wing of the Department of Public Instruction,  1,000 students attend a total of 220 madrassas in the state.

Of these madrassas, 103 are aided under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan and other schemes of Centre and State governments.

During a meeting in October, the Ministry of Human Resource Development had directed all state governments to ensure that these children benefit from the Scheme for Providing Quality Education in Madarssas (SPQEM) and Infrastructure Development in Minority Institutions. 

However, Johar Jabeen, Director of Public Instruction, Minority Education, said that it has not been able to implement SPQEM in the state.

“The objective of SPQEM is to ensure that children are offered skill-based training programmes and are certified for it. The Department has to coordinate with National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) for the same,” she said.

The programmes can only be offered to such madrassas that have been registered under the Madrassa Board. But, since the Board has not been constituted in the state, there is no recognition for madarsas, she said.

She added that the issue will be rectified as soon as requests have already been made to the state government to constitute it.

“Efforts are also being made to simplify the process for students to enroll in such programmes,” she added.



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