Madrassahs’ enrolment on rise
Hossen Sohel for DOT
The number of students in madrassahs is increasing, particularly following the government’s recognition of qawmi madrassah education, reports New Age.
The rise in madrassah enrolment has also been boosted by the relaxation in the bars for madrassah students on admission for higher education, madrassah principals and teachers said. Not only poor parents, but affluent people are also sending children to qawmi and Aliah madrassahs, they said.
Some private madrassahs charge a student up to Tk 10,000 per month, including fees for accommodation and food, they added.
‘People’s interest in sending children to madrassahs is on the rise firstly as more and more of them are practising Islam,’ Iqra Bangladesh Islamic School principal Sadruddin Maqnul told New Age on Saturday.
‘The trend gained further momentum after the government recognised qawmi madrassah’s Dawra-e-Hadith degree in 2017 and relaxed the bars on enrolment for higher education for Aliah madrassah students that follow the government curriculums,’ he said.
‘Now qawmi madrssah students having the Dawra-e-Hadith degree can apply for jobs for which a master degree holder in Islamic Studies or Arabic can,’ added Maqnul, son of eminent cleric Maulana Fariduddin Masoud.
Directorate of Primary Education and Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education statistics also show the increase in the numbers of madrassahs and their students over the years.
Educationists and social scientists explain the trend as a manifestation of people losing faith in the country’s socio-political institutions and the state machinery ‘where the sense of morality and values is on a sharp decline’.
‘It’s no surprise that people are leaning more and more towards the religion and sending children to madrassahs in this society where the democratic institutions are not functioning properly,’ thinker Abul Kashem Fazlul Haque told New Age.