Madrasas to come under Education Ministry: PM

21 May 2019 08:25 am - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday Madrasas would be placed under the purview of the Education Ministry. 

Following a meeting held yesterday at his office, the Prime Minister said the Education Ministry, together with the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry, would regulate some of their activities. He said he discussed the matter with ministers representing the Muslim community and that they agreed to it.

The Prime Minister also asserted that approval would not be granted for a ‘Sharia’ university. “We have no power to authorise a Sharia university. 

We can only authorise degree-awarding institutions. It will be stipulated by law that this cannot be operated as a Sharia university,” he said, adding that Clause 9 (A) in the Universities Act should be amended for this purpose. 

Referring to the Bangladeshi law, he said such universities were considered private universities and that this law stipulated the admission of students regardless of their religious or caste differences. Meanwhile, he said the security situation in the country had improved and as a result requested parents to send their children back to school. 

Government MP Ashu Marasinghe who led a fact-finding mission to the Batticaloa Sharia university said the institution should be operated as a private university titled ‘Batticaloa Technology University.’

  Comments - 7

  • country man Tuesday, 21 May 2019 09:22 AM

    "Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry" We do not want this Ministry. Let all of them be under the EDUCATION Ministry, Sinhalese,Tamil or any other. Prime Minister asserted that approval would not be granted for a ‘Sharia’ university. Sir,this is the only good thing that you have said for the last four and a half years.

    Jude Tuesday, 21 May 2019 09:39 AM

    Madrasas shouldn't exist in SL !!

    patriot Tuesday, 21 May 2019 10:01 AM

    PM, tomorrow you will u-turn your decision again.

    Mm Tuesday, 21 May 2019 10:48 AM

    How do we trust this government ? They are too apart and parcel of this mess.

    ice Tuesday, 21 May 2019 11:02 AM

    Good and wise move PM. I hope he" Kabir Hashim member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka representing the Kegalle District and is the Minister of Highways, Higher Education and Investment Promotion of the government of Sri Lanka.", not be given in charge.

    Victor Tuesday, 21 May 2019 11:11 AM

    It is just a statement. never happen..

    TJ Tuesday, 21 May 2019 04:20 PM

    What nonsense. Close them once and for all.


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