Amid pandemic, Bangladesh govt allows some madrasas to reopen
Dhaka: As other institutions remained shut due to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, the Bangladesh government has allowed Hifzakhanas, madrasas that are not registered with an education board, to reopen on Sunday.
Students attending the Hafizia madrasas or Hifzakhanas memorise the Quran.
The religious affairs ministry in a notice dated Jul 8 said the Islamic schools must follow health protocols issued by the Directorate General of Health Services to prevent transmission of the virus, reports bdnews24.
Mohammad Anwar Hossain, a spokesman for the ministry, clarified to bdnews24 on Friday that the notice mentioned Hafizia madrasa that are not under the Qawmi Madrasa Board.
The government directed that local administrations, health and Islamic Foundation offices, teachers and employees should ensure that the madrasas take all precautions.
The ministry said its decision followed requests from top Islamic scholars, who cited the necessity of regular study to memorise the Quran, reports bdnews24.