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Updated: October 17, 2013 00:59 IST

Madrasas to opt out of modern education?

J. S. Ifthekhar
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The RVM authorities have conducted counselling of B.Ed-trained teachers for appointment at madrasas

The good scheme of imparting modern education to ‘madrasa’ students in the city looks doomed.

Seminaries implementing the Rajiv Vidya Mission (RVM) programme, plan to opt out of the scheme protesting the new condition of appointing B.Ed-qualified instructors to teach English, mathematics, science and social studies.

The RVM authorities have reportedly conducted counselling of B.Ed-trained teachers for appointment at madrasas. This has greatly upset madrasa managements which are not involved in the exercise. Representatives of nearly 100 madrasas have resolved to opt out of the scheme if the RVM does not drop the move.

The scheme to strengthen madrasas through RVM intervention has been in existence for the last one decade. About 700 seminaries in the city got enrolled in the scheme and benefited immensely.

Till now, the seminaries were left to appoint their own instructors to teach English and other subjects, and their salary was paid by the RVM. Most of these teachers were SSC, Intermediate or degree holders.

“Now, the RVM wants to appoint B.Ed-qualified teachers rendering scores of teachers jobless,” fumed Mufti Naseem Ahmed Ashrafi, principal, Shoukatul Uloom Educational Welfare Society, Edi Bazar.

The madrasa managements, he said, are not against B.Ed-qualified teachers. But, they want the existing teachers to be trained and retained. “Most of them are working for the last five to 10 years. How can we remove them all of a sudden,”said Syed Virasat Ali of Madrasa Rahmatul Uloom, Talab Katta.

The madrasa managements are also sore at the non-payment of vidya volunteers’ salary by the RVM for the last four months. Each vidya volunteer is paid a monthly salary of Rs. 2,000. “The RVM authorities have made the appointment of B.Ed teachers a pre-condition for the release of salaries. This is totally unacceptable. We will walk out of this scheme,” remarked Mufti Naseem.

However, V. Usha Rani, State Project Director, RVM, maintained that under the Right to Education Act, all academic instructors must be B.Ed-qualified. “We can’t have untrained teachers even in madrasas. The quality of education will suffer,” Ms. Ushan Rani said.

Meanwhile, the authorities say last year itself the madrasas were told about the need for appointment of B.Ed teachers. But madrasas see this as an interference in their functioning. In the stand-off between madrasas and the RVM, it is the students who are the big losers.

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