State Madrassa Education Board, Assam will dissolve in 2022: Himanta Biswa Sarma


GUWAHATI: The Assam State Cabinet has taken a decision on Sunday that the State Madrassa Board shall stand dissolved from the declaration of the result of examination to be held in 2021-22 and all their academic and administrative authority will be transferred to the Directorate of Secondary Education, Assam. Teachers who teach theological courses in the Madrassas, will be trained to teach general subjects in the schools.

Assam education minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday during a press meet said that all Madrassa and High-Madrassas running under the State Madrassa Education Board, Assam will be transferred under the Directorate of Secondary Education Council and the names Madrassa will be removed and renamed as high schools and colleges.

“The word high Madrassa will be removed along with the theological course (Quraan course) from189 schools. All theological courses will be stopped with effect from, 01.04.21.  SEBA will conduct the last High-Madrassa exam in 2021. So, from 2022 there will be no High Madrassa exam,” added Dr. Sarma.  

“Fika and Akait is the only syllabus that is different between collegiate and Madrassa. Other than that the entire course of a Madrassa and a general school are the same. So basically there will be no difference and all high Madrassas will be known as a high school for schools under SEBA. All Madrassas will be secular,” said the Education Minister.

Arabic colleges will be converted to Higher Secondary Schools and all authorities of the Arabic Council will be transferred to Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC), and general council education will be started in those institutions.

On the other hand, Pre-senior and Senior Madrassa will follow the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) curriculum.

“At present, there are 4 Arabic colleges under the State Madrassa Board, 14 title Madrassas, 138 senior Madrassas and 230 pre-senior Madrassas in Assam.  All these 542 institutions had two syllabus, one is purely theological subject on Islam, and the other is general syllabus prescribed by higher secondary education council,” Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma further said.