The Assam government has decided to remove the word ‘Maktab’ from the names of a total of 63 schools.
Addressing a presser in Guwahati on February 22nd, 2020, Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “63 schools in the state write ‘Maktab’ in their names. As per the new direction, the old name of the school will remain sans the word ‘Maktab’.
Maktab is an Arabic word for elementary school. Until the 20th century, boys were instructed in Quran recitation, reading, writing, and grammar in maktabs, which were the only means of mass education.
Earlier, the Assam government decided to shut down all state-run madrassas and Sanskrit tols and convert them into regular schools within a period of six months.
Sarma said that there are about 1,200 madrassas and 200 Sanskrit tols in the state without any independent boards to run them. Over 80 tols are lying defunct, the Minister said. He also informed that nearly 2,000 private madrassas in the state will be brought under strict regulations.