PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government led by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) placed seminaries in the province under the supervision of the elementary and secondary education department, according to a local English daily.
With this historical development, the province’s education department will now bear the complete responsibility for handling the registration, curriculum, examination; monitoring and all other related activities of seminaries.
The province has some 3,028 seminaries in all, that are currently in a functional state.
To bring the seminaries under the umbrella of the education department, the establishment had also revised the KP Rules of Business a few days ago.
The amendment was made in Schedule-II, under the heading ‘Elementary and Secondary Department’, according to the relevant official documents. After Serial No 11, a new entry, ‘registration, curriculum, examination, monitoring and other allied activities of Deeni Madaris’ shall be incorporated.
The establishment department, in a letter, has said, “In exercise of the powers conferred by Article 139 of the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Government of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is pleased to direct that in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Rules of Business 1985, the amendments shall be incorporated.”
It was, however, initially believed that the education department will only be responsible for the registration of these seminaries.
It is pertinent to mention that this decision was taken by the interior minister after due consultation with all the provinces.