Vol. 5 Num 574 Fri. January 06, 2006  

Reform edn system to resist imperialism, fanaticism
Speakers tell discussion

Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for bringing reforms to the education system in order to resist imperialism and religious fanaticism and to strengthen the democratic movement in the country.

The political parties and the civil society should make concerted efforts to modernise the madrasa education and revise the university curriculum, they said.

The Gonosanghoti Andolon organised the discussion on 'Bomb, state and democratic movement' at the Shaheed Tajul Auditorium at the Moni Singha-Farhad Trust Bhaban in the city.

Madrasas have mushroomed in the county after 1971 with the patronisation of the successive governments, so it can never be said that the madrasa students are working against the state, but the alarming fact is that the pro-Islamic political parties are using them for their own interest, said Prof Anu Muhammad of Jahangirnagar University.

He said the possibility of the Islamist political parties coming to power has increased in recent time, but Islamic rule will never be established in the country as such parties do not practise true Islam.

"If these Islamic parties come to power, they will jeopardise the democratic movement," he added.

Prof Salimullah Khan of Stamford University said the demand for abolition of madrasa education is reactionary. Rather, secular education should be incorporated into madrasas, he noted.

"The madrasa students are considered to be people of a different class. This attitude should be changed and their rights be established in society," he stressed.

Writer Firoz Ahmed and cultural activist Faruk Wasif also spoke at the discussion presided over by Gonosanghoti Andolon leader Zonaed Saki.