Education and Finance Minister, HimantaBiswaSarma made an announcement that the state government decided to shut down all the state-run Madrasas and Sanskrit schools. Sarma said, “Our government’s policy we had announced in the state Assembly. There should be no religious education with government’s funding. We have nothing to say about privately run Madrasas and Sanskrit tols.” This becomes difficult for the Assam government to use public funds for the learning of religious scriptures.
The Madrasa education system started in Assam in the year 1780 and the Sanskrit education became official under the Assam Sanskrit education at in the year 1957. The state government runs 614 Madrasas, wild 900 are run privately mostly by the JamiatUlama-e-Hind and on the other hand there are about hundred government-run and 500 private Sanskrit tols in the state.
BadruddinAjmal, AIUDF Chief has strongly resisted the decision of the government. He said that the party would take all the necessary steps to reopen this educational places after coming to power in 2021 Assembly poll. He said, “Madrasas cannot be closed. We wood reopen this 50-60 your old Madrassas if this BJP government closes them forcibly.”
The government has already set in motion the process of transferring 148 teachers who were on contractual basis and will be shifted to schools under general Secondary Education.