Guwahati: Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that the decision to close government-aided Madrassas has been taken to bring uniformity.
Sarma’s clarification comes amid huge outrage over the state government’s decision to close down government-funded Madrassas and convert them into regular schools.
“All state-run Madrassas will be converted into regular schools or in certain cases teachers will be transferred to state-run schools and Madrassas will be shut down. A notification will be released in November,” he said.
“In my opinion, teaching ‘Quran’ can’t happen at the cost of government money, if we have to do so then we should also teach both the Bible and Bhagavad Gita. So, we want to bring uniformity and stop this practice,” he added.
State-run Madrasas and Sanskrit ‘tols’ to be shut down
Last week, the state Education Minister had announced that the BJP-led government in Assam has decided to shut down state-run Madrasas and Sanskrit ‘tols’ (centres of learning) and convert them to schools teaching regular courses.
The decision did not go down well with many who called it a move to suppress the Muslim community.
All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief and MP Badruddin Ajmal said that if the BJP-led government shut down government-run madrasas, his party would re-open them after winning the next year’s Assembly elections.
‘Many Muslim boys create Facebook accounts with Hindu names’
Sarma further said that many Muslim boys pose as Hindu and marry a Hindu girl, calling it a “breach of trust”.
“Many Muslim boys create Facebook accounts with Hindu names and post pictures of themselves at temples. Once a girl gets married to one such boy, she discovers that he is not from the same religion. This is a not a bona fide marriage but a breach of trust,” he said.
He further said that the state government will fight against any such marriage which has been solemnised on the basis of fraud.
“The state government has decided to act tough. Next five years we will try to see that all marriages take place out of the free will and there is no deception,” he added.