The curriculum and administration of the madrassas taken over by the Punjab Education Department from proscribed militant groups Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad in 36 districts will remain unchanged, Punjab government decided on Wednesday.
The provincial government had taken over the control of dozens of madrassahs/schools run by the militant groups in March and the Punjab Education Department had appointed its administrators at these schools while introducing a blend of secular and religious subjects.
“There will be no change in syllabus and administrative system of these taken over madrassahs/schools for the time being and till further orders,” according to an internal memo of the Punjab Education Department. The memo further states that the instructions should be followed in letter and spirit.
Reportedly, the government is currently reviewing the syllabus of these educational institutions in an effort to modernise it. The development comes two days after military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said that seminaries in the country were working under the Ministry of Industries and that the government would place them under the Ministry of Education.
Giving a background of seminaries in Pakistan, he said at the time of Partition, Pakistan only had 247 madrassas. That number went up close to 3,000 in 1980, which had now swelled to 30,000. However, he added that out of the 30,000, only 100 or so seminaries were involved in promoting militancy.