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While claiming that all the Madrasas will not be banned, Public Security Minister Sarath Weerasekara today reiterated that Madrasas that taught only religion and Arabic for children between the ages of five and 16 should be banned as they were against the National Education Policy.

He told Parliament that the Muslim society and organisations had already granted their approval to ban the Madrasas.

Responding to a statement made by SJB MP- S.M. Marikkar, the Minister said Madrasas that taught children above 16 years will not be banned.

“I have never mentioned that all the Madrasas should be banned. A child in our country between five years of age and 16 should study according to the National Education Policy of the country without any racial difference. If there are Madrasas that teach only religion and language to children between five and 16, they should be banned,” he said adding that Muslim society and organizations had approved it.

MP Marikkar said that Madrasas were just like Pirivenas, cannot be banned and added that they should be operated subject to the syllabus of the Education Ministry and should not allow those coming from abroad to teach in the Madrasas.

The Minister said if someone wanted to become a Moulavi, there were a number of Madrasas that taught those above 16 and said such Madrasas will not be banned. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

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  • Roshan samarathunga Thursday, 25 March 2021 04:15 PM

    He has a lot to learn about communities and freedom

    gamarala Thursday, 25 March 2021 04:16 PM

    First you need to know the meaning of madrasas. Are you saying daham pasal and sunday schools can be banned as well. Madrasas to which kids go are to learn the Quran over the weekends. If any of them are depriving the kids from going to a normal school, any such religious school should be banned, regardless of what religion it is from

    Ralaharamy Thursday, 25 March 2021 04:16 PM

    In Sinhala there is a saying that says the Perahera is already gone at UNHRC, Geneva. Your comments now is too late. At least say something useful before September 2021.

    Mohamed Thursday, 25 March 2021 06:10 PM

    I belie Mr Weerasekar is confused with Madrasas ( Madras means School in Arabic) - Sunday Religious school (Daham Pasal) different to madrasa ( Daham Pasal - Muslim calls - Ahadiya school) . Every child should go to a formal school. Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act directly influence Muslim women to send their children to Madras from year 5 due to lack of money and resources after husband push them out and pay 10,000 per month using Qazi Court

    Senaka Thursday, 25 March 2021 07:03 PM

    What happened to your national heroism.

    nanthana Friday, 26 March 2021 03:13 AM

    He is not a person for parliament mental hospital is the best place for him OMG....

    Ram Friday, 26 March 2021 04:05 AM

    Looks like he or the government is under pressure from some parts of the Muslim world to change his stance

    Colombo Observer Friday, 26 March 2021 05:17 AM

    Mr. Sarah Weerasekera’s target is the minorities in the country. He has been hell bent on causing the maximum possible harm and damage to the Muslim community and he cannot wait seeing any progress in the Muslim community.

    Sinna Friday, 26 March 2021 05:24 AM

    Msdarsha won't be a problem if teaching, 'killing nonbelievers is a merit,it's direct path to heaven' can be removed, so, we all appeal to them,for less violent world, better peaceful world correct it,fit to present society

    Mozzart Friday, 26 March 2021 05:37 AM

    These guys are speaking about irrelevant and non priority stuff. Madrasa is not the problem, Islamic terrorism is the problem. The politicians of Sri Lanka reminds us the adage; "Kumbala cavanan Vindapan Pooso"

    Ratakadju Friday, 26 March 2021 05:39 AM

    So the radical Wahabi Islam is permitted in small measures? Remember due to your actions the horse has already bolted. Ask UN

    Croak Friday, 26 March 2021 06:40 AM

    A man full of flatulance-the blow hot, blow cold type!

    Buddhist Friday, 26 March 2021 06:55 AM

    I think some Madarasa should be closed but for that to happen there should be one single process which evaluates all the religious schools operated by all religions, under the Govt policy of "One Country one Law".

    Buddhist Friday, 26 March 2021 06:58 AM

    Sarath Weerasekera's statements against 13A, Burkha, Muslim Cremation, Madarasa closing, arrest of Muslim MPs ect are the reasons why new clauses were added in the UN resolution.

    Ahamed Friday, 26 March 2021 07:39 AM

    Learning quran at early age is mandatory for Muslims, madrasas should be there to teach religion for kids and it is their right to practice religion .madrasas for kids does not teach anything else apart from Arabic and quran. Yes education and national curriculum is important but people should also be allowed to learn their religion .

    Lanka peace Friday, 26 March 2021 07:45 AM

    Yes madrasas which only teach children Arabic and religion without following national education policy should be banned and Muslims agree to that , but not the ones children go for 30 mins or a hour after school. Also as Muslim, I am not aware of any suck madrasas if any should be banned .

    Don Juwan Friday, 26 March 2021 07:53 AM

    Where his post is concerned, 'a square peg in a round hole'.

    Lumbini Friday, 26 March 2021 08:15 AM

    This minister has no experience at all. So, he is messing up things regularly.

    Sam Friday, 26 March 2021 10:39 AM

    It's like promoting private tuition Madrasa classes like tuition classes. What a joke.


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