Qawmi madrassahs will continue the ongoing dawratul hadith examinations keeping the students at the boarding houses ignoring the education ministry’s Tuesday order.
The scheduled examinations will continue today, though the ministry passed an order asking all educational institutions to immediately shut down all educational institutions except orphanages of qawmi madrassahs across the country.
Muhammad Zubair, director general of Befaqul Madarisil Arabia Bangladesh, a leading qawmi madrassah board, told New Age that all the six qawmi madrassah boards simultaneously administered the scheduled two examinations on Wednesday at 222 centres across the country without any interference and they would hold the last two scheduled examinations today.
‘We will hold the examinations today maintaining the health guidelines as the education ministry’s Tuesday circular did not specifically mention about the suspension of the examinations,’ said Zubair, adding, ‘The circular issued by the Prime Minister’s Office on March 29 allowed public examinations.’
He said that all the six qawmi boards were centrally holding dawratul hadith examinations using common question papers as a public examination since 2017 after the government declared it equivalent to master’s degree.
‘All the students save for the dawratul hadith candidates have left the boarding houses during the ongoing vacation. The remaining students will leave the madrassah premises after the end of the examinations,’ he added.
He said that 29,987 students from 1,540 madrassahs were appearing for the dawratul hadith examinations at 222 centres from Saturday under six boards.
Technical and madrassah education division secretary Md Aminul Islam Khan said that Tuesday circular had been passed to the law enforcing agencies asking them to immediately close all activities at qawmi madrassahs save for the operation of the orphanages.
‘The police should take action for executing the order given in the light of the circular issued by the Prime Minister’s Office to mitigate the COVID-19 outbreak, especially at a time when restrictions have been imposed,’ Aminul said.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police additional deputy commissioner Iftekhayerul Islam refused to comment without having detailed information regarding the issue.
All the educational institutions except the qawmi madrassahs have been closed since March 2020 amid the COVID-19 outbreak and were conducting online classes.
The government cancelled Primary Education Completion, Junior School Certificate and Higher Secondary examinations for the outbreak in 2020.
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