ED­U­CA­TION MIN­ISTRY MUST MON­I­TOR MADRASAS

‘I feel ashamed as a min­is­ter’

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY YO­HAN PER­ERA , AJITH SIRIWARDAN­A ,SUJITH HEWAJULIGE AND ARIRATNA RANABAHU.

Non-cab­i­net Min­is­ter of Eco­nomic Re­forms and Pub­lic Dis­tri­bu­tion, Harsha de Silva said yes­ter­day Madrasas or Mus­lim re­li­gious schools should be mon­i­tored by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion like what hap­pens with Pirive­nas.

How­ever, the newy for­mu­lated Madrasa Schools Reg­u­la­tion Bill stip­u­lates that it should be han­dled by the Mus­lim Re­li­gious Af­fairs Min­istry. “Even Piri­vanas are reg­u­lated by the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry.as such Madrasas should also be brought un­der the purview of the Min­istry Ed­u­ca­tion. Law should be ap­plied equally to every­one,” the min­is­ter said adding that laws should be in­tro­duced to make it com­pul­sory for Mus­lim Women to ex­pose their ears when re­quired.

“Mus­lim women wear the Hi­jab closing their ears but they should be made to ex­pose their ears when­ever it is needed,” the min­is­ter said.

He said the claim made by some that swords were kept in houses for the house­hold­ers’ safety is un­ac­cept­able as such a thing is prac­ticed only in coun­tries such as Saudi Ara­bia.

Non Cab­i­net Min­is­ter of Eco­nomic Re­forms and Gen­eral Sup­plies Dr. Harsha De Siva told par­lia­ment yes­ter­day that as a min­is­ter he felt ashamed of the whole episode, es­pe­cially be­cause there had been prior in­for­ma­tion about the calamity. Such calami­ties should never be re­peated due to po­lit­i­cal tug-of-war and the per­pe­tra­tors should never get any form of amnesty.

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