Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Govt asks madrasas to drop 'cadet' or 'international' from names

  • Senior Correspondent,
    Published: 2017-07-16 20:27:21 BdST


The government has ordered the madrasas to drop the words 'cadet' and 'international' from their names.

The education ministry has asked such unapproved institutions to get permission for conducting educational activities from the authorities within three months.

The ministry's Technical and Madrasah Education Division issued the order on 'illegal business of cadet madrasas' on Sunday following instructions from the Prime Minister's Office.

The ministry has asked the director general of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education, National Curriculum and Textbook Board chairman, director general of Directorate of Madrasah Education, deputy commissioners, district education officers, Upazila executive officers and education officers, and the principals of the cadet madrasas to implement the directives.

It asked the authorities to ensure that the madrasas follow curriculum set by NCTB and Madrasah Education Board.

The Directorate of Madrasah Education, Madrasah Education Board, deputy commissioners, district education officers, Upazila executive officers and education officers have been asked to regularly monitor the activities of these institutions.

A representative of the district or Upazila education officer has to be included in the managing committees of these institutions, according to the order.

The madrasas must hoist national flag and the students must sing national anthem during assembly, the government said in the order.

It also asked authorities to ensure registration of madrasas by the board, and payment of tuition fees fixed like other secondary institutions, and regular audits.

An official of the Technical and Madrasah Education Division said some madrasas were charging extra tuition fees by adding 'cadet' or 'international' to their names.

These institutions also compel the students to buy books of their own choice instead of following the NCTB curriculum.

"The ministry has issued the order to stop these practices," he said, on condition of anonymity.