Experts question Qawmi education recognition, recommends syllabus integration
After the government recognised top Qawmi degree ‘Dawrae Hadith’ as a master’s degree, noted educationists think it will be a useless exercise unless the curricula of such informal madrasa are vigorously reformed and modernised with its integration into the mainstream education.
They also questioned the justification of giving the top Qawmi degree master’s status without recognising its certificates equivalent to JDC, SSC, HSC and Degree levels.
Talking to UNB, National Professor Anisuzzaman, Professor Emeritus Serajul Islam Choudhury, Prof Abul Barakat and Prof Mesbah Kamal said the government’s such move will not yield any positive outcome for the country and students of Qawmi madrasas since their education quality in no way matches the general education when it comes to curricula.
They said an education commission comprising Islamic scholars and academics needs to be formed urgently to modernise the Qawmi education with a holistic approach combining science, English and Arabic education so that Qawmi educational institutions can produce skilled human resources.
On September 19, a bill to recognise Dawrae Hadith (Kamil) certificate in Qawmi madrasas with the status of postgraduate degree of Islamic Studies and Arabic, was passed in parliament.
The bill will have retrospective effect and those who have so far acquired Dawrae Hadith degrees after the recognition in April, 2017 will be considered as master’s degree holders.
There will be a board named Al-Haiyatul Ulia Lil-Jamiatil Qawmia Bangladesh integrating the existing six Qawmi madrasa education boards in the country which will prepare syllabuses, question papers, conduct examinations and award certificates among the students of Qawmi madrasas.
Contacted, Prof Anisuzzaman said, “I think the standard of education of Qawmi madrasas and mainstream educational institutions is not equal to give Dawrae Hadith the status of master’s degree. If the government has different information and statistics, that’s a different matter.”
He said the standard of Qawmi madrasa education needs to be upgraded with modern education to give such recognition.