The Education Department of Assam has some big news: 1281 Madrasa Education units are no longer madrasas; they have been converted into regular schools. The Board of Secondary Education Assam (SEBA) is leading this change, turning government and provincialized madrasas into typical schools.
The Education Minister, Ranoj Pegu, shared a list of these institutes and explained the shift on his social media. He said, “All government and provincialized madrasas are now general schools under SEBA. The Department of School Education in Assam decided to convert 1281 ME Madrasas into ME Schools.” The list of schools affected can be found in his post.
This significant change was formalized through a departmental notification on December 13th. According to the announcement, these institutes’ names will be adjusted to reflect the transformation. The notification states, “As per government approval on December 4, 2023, the upper primary schools listed as ‘M.E. Madrasa’ under the Directorate of Elementary Education, Assam, will now be known as ‘M.E. Schools’ with immediate effect.”
This decision, led by the Himanta Biswa Sarma government, aims to create consistency and inclusivity in the state’s education system. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma emphasizes the importance of turning madrasas into regular schools, ensuring students in madrasas seamlessly transition into mainstream education.