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Assam Government Tables Bill to Abolish All State Madrasahs

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The Assam government introduced a bill on Monday to abolish all state madrassas and convert them into general schools as of April 1, 2021.

Despite objections being raised by a united opposition, Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma introduced Assam’s repeal bill, 2020, on the first day of the assembly’s three-day winter session.

The bill proposes to abolish the two existing laws: the Assam Madrassa Education (Provincialization) Act of 1995 and the Assam Madrassa Education (Provincialization of Employee Services and Reorganization of Madrassa Educational Institutions) Act of 2018.

“This bill is not to control and repeal private madrassas,” Sarma said, adding that the inclusion of the word “private” in the bill’s ‘Statement of Objects and Reasons’ was a mistake.

He said that all madrassa institutes will be converted into upper primary, secondary and upper secondary schools without change of status, salary, allowances and conditions of service of teaching and non-teaching staff.

There are 610 state madrassas in Assam, the minister had previously said.

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