Turkey on Tuesday offered establishing modern madrassas and schools in Pakistan on the lines of Imam Hatip school system in Turkey.
Turkish Ambassador Babur Girgin met Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training Balighur Rehman is Islamabad and discussed bilateral cooperation in the education sector.
Imam Hatip schools were established as a substitute to madrassas as a part of Kamal Ataturk’s reforms in Turkey. “Strong Pakistan means strong Turkey,” the ambassador said. Rehman told the envoy that the govt was already working on the National Education Policy 2009, in which it planned to incorporate the madrassa education based on the Imam Hatip system. However, he said the final approval will be given after consultation with provinces. Rehman said the govt wanted to collaborate with Turkey in formulation of a better policy regarding madrassas.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 2nd, 2015.