Ebtedayee Madrasa teachers are going to enjoy facilities similar to those being provided to the primary school teachers as the government has finalised a policy on the nationalisation of all primary level madrasas.
A policy formulation committee formed by Technical and Madrasa Education Division of Education Ministry on Thursday finalised a policy with 19 conditions regarding the Ebtedayee madrasa.
According to the ministry sources, now the policy will be sent to the public administration ministry for taking next course of action.
A gazette notification will be issued after getting approval of the ministry.
The madrasa teachers said private primary schools and equivalent independent Ebtedayee madrasas were registered in the same circular issued in 1994 in the country.
Later, only the primary schools were nationalised while Ebtadayee teachers attached to Dakhil (SSC) madrasas are getting Tk 9,918 as monthly salary. But the head teachers of independent Ebtadayee madrasas get only Tk 2,500 and assistant teachers Tk 2,300 as salaries.
Following the demands of the madrasa teachers, the government took an initiative to end the discrimination and asked the education ministry to settle the issue.
On October 4, last year, the ministry formed an 11-member committee with Technical and Madrasa Education Division Additional Secretary Rawnak Mahmud as convener to formulate a time-befitting policy as per the National Education Policy-2010.
Meanwhile, the independent Ebtadayee madrasa teachers organised a set of programmes, including hunger strike, since January 1 to press home their demands for the nationalisation of their institutions.
On January 16, they called off their demonstrations following a government assurance that their demands would be fulfilled.
After that, the government began working on finalising the policy and finally the committee finalised it on Thursday after holding a series of meetings on different dates.
According to the policy, Ebtadyee madrasas located in the metropolitan, municipality and urban areas must have at least 200 students while madrasas in sub-urban areas should have 150 students.
Each madrasa will have one head teacher, four assistant teachers and an office assistant. At least 50 percent of students will have to participate in the Primary School Certificate examination and 20 percent out of them will have to come out successful.
The head teacher and assistant teachers should have a Fazil degree while a ‘kwari’ holding an Alim degree should be recruited among four assistant teachers.
However, the educational qualification will be Alim (HSC) for women teachers. Office Assistant will have to pass the SSC and the third-class degree will not be acceptable, it mentioned in the proposed policy
The schools will have to follow textbooks and syllabus under Madrasa Education Board and National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB).
Extracurricular activities like Qirat, Hamd and Naat competitions, annual sports, cultural programmes, tree plantation and other activities should be included as well, it said.
To appoint teachers, a five-member Ebtedayee madrasa teachers’ panel should be formed with Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) as its president at the upazila level and district education officer at the metropolitan level while the head madrasa will be member-secretary of it.
Another committee titled ‘Upazila Ebtedayee Madrasa Teachers’ Committee’ also will be formed with the UNO as its chief at upazila level and education officer at metropolitan area to regulate the madrasas.
The distance between two madrasas will be one kilometre in the city while two km in rural area and the land of madrasa will be 33 acres in rural area, 20 acres in municipal and 10 acres in metropolitan area, as per the proposed policy.
Additional Secretary Rawnak Mahmud said the policy was finalised with a proposal of equal status for Ebtedayee madrasa teachers similar to those in primary school.
He also said, “All rules and regulations, including the educational qualifications of teachers, management and regulating systems, have been mentioned in the policy to run the madrasas.”
Madrasa Board sources said currently there are 6,998 Ebtedayee madrasas across the country. Of them, 1,519 madrasas are getting grants, said the teachers.