Maharashtra Education Minister defends derecognition of Madrassas

Mumbai, July 2 (ANI): Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde on Thursday said the state government wants to bring subjects like Science, Social Science and Mathematics to the madrassas with no interference in the religious education of the Islamic seminaries.

“No madrassas will be closed. No grant will be scrapped. And it will be welcomed by everyone. How is that anti-Muslim? We want to do this for their betterment,” he said.

“Under Right to Education, the children who are not taught under National School Curriculum are considered out of school,” he added.

In a controversial move, madrassas have been derecognised as formal schools in Maharashtra, which has directed the district administrations to declare their students ‘out-of-school children’. (ANI)

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