Reforming education: K-P plans model madrassa

The seminary is expected to cost the government Rs175 million.

May 13, 2011


The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa religious affairs ministry is finalising plans for the construction of a ‘model madrassa’ (seminary) in the Hayatabad neighbourhood of Peshawar.

The seminary is expected to cost the government Rs175 million and will initially be able to host 150 resident students on a 139 acre campus.

A final decision on the construction plan has not yet been taken.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa faces the brunt of an insurgency that many analysts believe is inspired by a perversion of religion that often originates in seminaries across the province.

By sponsoring a ‘model madrassa’ of its own, the government hopes to offer an alternative to those within Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa who wish to pursue a religious education.

The government has been trying unsuccessfully for the last decade to regulate the more than 10,000 seminaries spread across the country.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 13th, 2011.


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