Assam CM tells officials to speed up process to turn dissolved madrassas to general schools
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma's directive came during the chief minister's review of the functioning of the Education Department earlier this week.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has directed state officials to immediately initiate the process of transition of dissolved madrassas to general schools.
The directive came during the chief minister's review of the functioning of the Education Department earlier this week.
According to an Economic Times report, Sarma asked the Education Department to ensure that teachers are recruited on a priority basis.
To recall, Sarma had -- in his previous term as the state education minister -- brought a bill that was enacted as a law which scrapped the government funding to madrassas and would convert 620 such religious learning centres into general schools by April 1.
The law abolished the Assam Madrassa Education (Provincialisation) Act, 1995 and the Assam Madrassa Education (Provincialisation of Services of Employees and Re-Organisation of Madrassa Educational Institutions) Act, 2018.
Justifying the enactment of the new law, Sarma had then said that the state government could not spend taxpayers' money to the tune of Rs 260 crore annually for religious teaching.