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Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday directed to immediately initiate the process of transition of dissolved Madrassas to General Schools.

Assam to convert dissolved Madrasas into general schools

CM Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday said that all the Madrasas institutions will be renamed by removing the word Madrasas in order to avoid any confusion in higher studies courses regarding the status of the institution.

The previous BJP led government brought a law which converted all the government-run Madrassas into Upper primary, high school and higher secondary school.

The Chief Minister while giving a direction to immediately initiate the process of transition of dissolved Madrassas to general schools while taking a comprehensive review of the functioning of the Education Department in presence of Education Minister Ranoj Pegu and Finance Minister Ajanta Neog.

Assam to convert dissolved Madrasas into general schools

He also asked the officials to ensure recruitment of teachers on priority basis particularly in provincialized and government schools and to meet the periodic gap, reports The Economic Times.

He also said that the state government had been spending Rs 260 crore annually for running the madrasas and “the government cannot spend public money for religious teaching”.

In December 2020, amid protests by the Opposition legislators, the Assam Assembly passed the Assam Repealing Bill 2020, that abolishes the Assam Madrassa Education (Provincialisation) Act, 1995 and the Assam Madrassa Education (Provincialisation of Services of Employees and Re-Organization of Madrassa Educational Institutions) Act, 2018.

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