It has been decided by the federal government and Ittihad-e-Tanzimat-e-Madaris Pakistan (ITMP) to launch a new curriculum for madrassas in Pakistan.
The meeting was successful as the Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Shafqat Mahmood informed the media about the decisions taken.
In the meeting, it was agreed that the Federal Board of Education (FBE) will conduct the exams of compulsory subjects of madrassa students’ and issue results of Matric and Intermediate levels. Those candidates who are successful in it will be issued certificates from the board.
He said, “Now, Madaris will be responsible for conducting exams of religious subjects, while the federal education board will conduct exams of compulsory subjects.”
As per Shafqat, the certificates will carry equal importance and madrassa students will be allowed to choose the colleges or universities to take admission in.
He said, “They can also get a job or avail any other option on the basis of the certificates issued from the federation.”
There was also a plan to develop a Religious Education Department in the Federal Board of Education. It was unanimously agreed between the government and ITMP, a federation of five Waqfs to improve education standards in madrassas. As per Shafqat, the ministry will play a critical role in helping madrassas in resolving the issues.
Shafqat said, “Now, students of Madaris would have more career opportunities. They could join even defense forces, become doctors, engineers or adopt any other profession of their liking.”