Mosque-schools to be merged with govt primary schools
LAHORE, July 25: All religious mosque-schools
(makatib) of the province will be merged with government primary schools by the
end of this year, Special Secretary of Schools Capt (r) Zahid Saeed said on Monday.
He said the Education Department had served notice to
the executive district officers (EDOs) of all districts of the province to this
effect. He said more than 2,500 mosque-schools in North Punjab had already been
merged with government primary schools and the government was working on taking
the same steps with the rest.
Saeed said currently 5,000 mosque-schools
were running in the country and approximately 500,000 students were enrolled in
those schools. He said this decision was not taken on account of any political
pressure. He said the action had been taken by the Punjab government as part of
its revolutionary steps in the education sector. He said thousands of primary
schools were being set up across Punjab, which would help develop the status of
education. He said that in the areas where there were no primary schools, the
mosque-schools would be upgraded to the primary school-level by constructing new
He said the government did not want to stop the mosque-schools as
institutions, however, if people continued to run makatib in mosques, those
institutions would not be considered government-recognised
Section Officer in the Education Department Ameer Safdar
Malik said that the faculty of mosque-schools were the mosques'
prayer leader and a government teacher. He said mosque-schools taught students
from classes one to three. He said most students of mosque-schools were too poor
to afford other institutions.
Director of Public Instructions (Elementary
Education) Muhammad Ashraf Naz said that the government had taken
the decision to merge mosque-schools with primary schools on people's complaints
that these schools were not working well and their teachers (the prayer leaders
of the mosques) were mostly absent.
Naz said the idea of mosque-schools
had emerged in 1980 when the government had started these schools to improve the
level of basic education. He said the past government had not been able to take
this step due to lack of funds. Daily times
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|Updated: 14 Oct, 2014|