The Madrasa Education Board in Uttar Pradesh has taken key decisions, making it mandatory to sing the national anthem before classes start in madrassas as well. The board decided that the students should attend the classes by singing the national anthem along with the prayers in the morning. However, for the first time in 2017, the hoisting of the national flag on Independence Day in madrassas in UP made it mandatory to play the national anthem.
For the next five years, the board decided to make changes to allow the national anthem to be played before day-to-day classes. Also, Board Chairman Iftikhar Ahmed Javed has released a statement-making biometric attendance mandatory for teachers in madrasas from now on.
He also said that the board was of the view that changes should be made in the recruitment of teachers. It was revealed that the Entrance has decided to conduct a qualifying test for madrasa teachers just as there is a TET for normal schools. He said it was decided to make available the facility for students to register online for admission as well.
Iftikhar said the decision was taken to inculcate patriotism in children studying in madrasas through the national anthem. He said that by singing the national anthem daily, one can know the history and culture of our country. Along with religious studies, patriotism is also required. Iftikhar revealed that this will be implemented in the coming academic year.