Lucknow: The State Madrasa Education Board of Uttar Pradesh has issued a new timetable for madrasas in which educational activities will start with the national anthem of India and prayers.
The educational work in these madrasas will be held from 9 am till 3 pm previously, the working hours were between 9 am and 2 pm, The Hindu reported quoting the instructions from Uttar Pradesh Madrasa Education Board.
Earlier, the board made it compulsory for teachers and students to recite the national anthem of India before the start of the class.
“Aided/recognised madrasas timetable is changed to 9 am-3 p.m., in the first sitting, at 9 a.m., prayer ( dua) and national anthem will take place. The teaching work will start from 9.20 a.m. till 12 noon. The second sitting will start at 12.30 p.m. till 3 p.m. All aided/recognised madrasas should follow the mentioned timetable,” the report said quoting the order Jagmohan Singh, Registrar, UP Madrasa Education Board.
The madrasa system in the State is making headlines since the announcement of the survey which started on September 10 across all 78 districts. Teams formed in the districts have to submit the report to District Magistrates within 25 days who will forward the report to the State government by October 25.
Earlier, various political parties also opposed the state government’s move with BSP supremo Mayawati saying that the ruling dispensation was terrorizing the Muslim community with such acts.
The Minority Welfare department had argued that through the survey the government wanted to check whether basic facilities were being provided to students in madrasas and how they could be brought into the mainstream.