Qawmi madrasas have appealed to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeking her order for resuming their regular educational activities and exams in "Kitab Bibhag", which covers everything from post-primary to masters-degree equivalents.
A delegation from Qawmi Madrasa Board has handed over an application in this regard to the Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam at the secretariat on Monday.
After the meeting with the cabinet secretary, Maulana Yahya Mahmud, vice-president of the Madrasa Board, told reporters, "We applied for resuming the Qawmi madrasa operations on July 2 as those have been closed for Covid-19. Based on that application, the home minster decided to resume Hifz Bibhag, Holy Quran memorisation section, from July 12."
To resume the Kitab Bibhag, we have made another application to the prime minister through the cabinet secretary, he said.
"The cabinet secretary told us he will inform us about the matter after discussing the issue with the premier," he added.
We also have requested resuming the activities of the Kitab Bibhag and exams of masters and degree-level, and internal educational programmes, said Maulan Yahya.
Yahya said, "Permission has been granted for the exams in Alia Madrasa and Kamil exam. It is easier to abide by the health rules as Qawmi madrasas have 99 percent residential students. They do not need to get out unnecessarily. Besides, they always stay with ablution."
There were no reports of Covid-19 infection after resuming the Hifz Bibhag, said Yahya. And he expects that when the recitation of Hadith will begin in line with the recitation of the Holy Quran, the Almighty Allah will remove Covid-19 completely.
Mushtaq Ahmed, vice-president and Mufti Mohammad Ali, secretary general of the National Religious Madrasa Education Board were present at the meeting.