Calcutta, June 9: The Mamata Banerjee government has decided to expand the ambit of madarsa education by including primary sections in all 615 institutions.
The amendments to the West Bengal Board of Madrasa Education (2014) Bill was today cleared even as Opposition members tried to raise questions about the changes.
Until now, the madarsas admitted students from Class V onwards. The amended bill will entail the institutions to admit pupils from Class I.
Education minister Partha Chatterjee said the government wanted to ensure a well-oiled feeder system to the madarsas. “Thousands of children will be benefited. They will get an opportunity to get educated under the madarsa board from Class I,” Chatterjee said.
A source said the amendment bill would be applicable only to the high madarsas in the state, which follow the state board’s curriculum.