Medressahs across the country, have announced to resume classes, and conduct examinations from August 5.
The Wifaq ul Madaris Al-Arabia Pakistan and Ittehad-e-Tanzeemat-e-Madaris Pakistan (ITMP), the two most prominent and major Islamic educational boards in the country, have announced to conduct annual examinations and resume classes from August 5 respectively.
According to Wifaq-ul-Madaris spokesman Talha Rahmani the final decision in this regard will be made in conjunction with the government.
“We are expecting that the government will surely allow the administrators of madrasas to resume on-campus educational activities from August 5,” he noted.
“The reopening of seminaries in the month of August is very crucial for completing academic sessions and starting new sessions, else millions of students would lose one academic year,” he added.
Meanwhile, ITMP is set to meet Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood on July 7 to discuss the issue of reopening Islamic seminaries across the country.
Furthermore, Madressah students are set to appear in their annual examinations in their respective districts, which are expected to be held from July 11 to July 16.
Prior to this Islamic seminaries’ official have had meetings with Sindh government over the reopening of Madressahs in the province, however, the government had then decided against the reopening of educational institutions citing coronavirus fears.
It is to be noted that ITMP is a union of five major Islamic educational boards namely Wafaq-ul-Madaris Al-Arabia Pakistan, the Tanzeem-ul-Madaris Ahl-e-Sunnat, the Rabita-ul-Madaris Al-Islamia, the Wafaq-ul-Madaris Al-Salfia and the Wafaq-ul-Madaris Al-Shia.
Meanwhile, the ITMP spokesperson has also warned that if the government refuses to reopen Islamic seminaries with the condition of strict SOPs as recommended by WHO, the boards will be then forced to decide their own point of action with respect to students’ interests.
The development comes as educational institutions including Islamic seminaries have been closed since March across the country due to COVID-19 outbreak.