Thiruvananthapuram | Nearly 828 madrasas in Kerala have not been paid the grant from the Central Government since last year, the state Assembly was informed today.
Kerala Education Minister P K Abdu Rubb, in a written reply to a question on madasa education in the state, said applications had been forwarded to the Union Human Resources Development Ministry by these institutions for grant for the year 2014-15. But there was no information that the grant had been denied to these institutions.
However, as per the HRD website, madrasas in other states were being given grant by the Central Government during the period, he said, adding that steps were being taken to ensure that madrasas in Kerala, if eligible, also got central aid.
To a question, he pointed out that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had found that madrasas in Kerala were flouting norms. As per the schemes, classes should be conducted on full-time basis and not as part time as being done in Kerala.
It may be noted that the CAG report 2012 reprimanded the Directorate of Public Instruction (DPI) for misusing Rs 1.54 crore by paying full-time salary for part-time teachers under the Scheme for Providing Quality Education in Madrassas (SPQEM) in Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam and Palakkad. The loss to the exchequer would have been higher had the CAG audited the implementation of the scheme at the state-level.
During 2010-11, Central assistance to the tune of Rs 14.68 crore was paid to 547 madrassas in the state. These madrasas were also provided one-time Central grant for purchasing computers, books and establishment of science laboratories and assistance for on-the-job training to teachers. The Central government had released a one-time grant of Rs 713.21 lakh for this. Madrassas were given a free hand in utilising the grant, and in the selection of teachers under norms laid down by the Central government.
The Central scheme was meant for children of educationally backward Muslim minorities who attend maktabs/madrasas/darul-ulooms that engaged largely in providing religious teaching and with very little participation in the national mainstream education system. But, in Kerala, very few madrasas are working as full-time religious teaching centres and all students have access to mainstream education facilities. So, the teaching under SPQEM in Kerala, at its best, is not more than a private tuition facility along with mainstream education, funded by the Central government, the CAG had pointed out.
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