Thiruvananthapuram: As reports surfaced in the media that a government-appointed panel has proposed changes to the existing school timings in Kerala, a leading body of Muslim scholars in the state on Friday came out against the recommendations, saying it would lead to the establishment of madrassas for children of the community. study will be adversely affected.
The Samastha Kerala Jem-Iyyatul Ulama, commonly known as Samastha, a consortium of Sunni scholars, expressed doubts whether the move was intended to discourage religious studies and said that it would be at any cost. was not acceptable.
A senior Samasta leader said that though communism is based on atheist ideology, the Left government in the state cannot bring it as its policy and they can move ahead by taking everyone together.
“The change in the current school timings will definitely affect the madrassa studies. Only a limited time, from 7 am to 8.30 am, is still available for religious studies,” said Samasta leader Abdusamad Pookkottur.
“If the new timetable is implemented, children will not get time to dedicate to madrassas. Hence religious organizations are strongly opposing this move.”
The sharp reaction came a day after the MA Khadar Committee on School Education submitted its report to the state government, which reportedly recommended changing the school timings from 8 am to 1 pm.
Expressing doubts as to whether the changes were proposed by those who “wanted to destroy religious beliefs with the intention of promoting neglect of religion”, he said scholars have conveyed their concerns to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in this regard. Already informed.
He said top leaders of Samasta would formally request the government to reject the recommendations soon.
“When the suggestion of change in school timings comes before the government in the form of a panel recommendation, naturally it is likely to be accepted. That’s why we are asking the government to reject it beforehand.
The second part of the Khadar Committee report focused on educational matters was submitted to the government on Thursday.