Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel has rejected the statement of Hefajat-e-Islam Ameer Allama Shah Ahmed Shafi about the female education.
“The statement of the Hefajat chief is only his personal opinion. It is contradictory to the state policy. However, he does not hold any executive position regarding implementation of the country’s education policy or in the education sector,” Nowfel said while talking to the journalists at his Chashmahill residence in Chattogram city on Saturday.
Earlier on Friday, Allama Shah Ahmed Shafi urged parents not to send their daughters to schools and colleges for further education after they complete fourth or fifth grades.
The Hefajat chief also administrated an oath at the 118th annual mehfil of Al-Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Ulum Muinul Islam Madrasah in Hathazari of Chattogram making its participants promise not to send their daughters to high schools.
He said, “If you allow your girls to be educated up to eight, ninth or tenth grade, or to have MA or BA degree, they would no longer remain yours. Somebody else would take them away from you after marriage. Don’t you see incidents like this in newspapers?”
In reaction to Hefajat chief’s statement, Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel said every person has the freedom of express. “I urge everyone to exercise the freedom of express properly. We should refrain from making any unexpected comment,” he said.
Replying to query on changes in textbooks, the deputy minister said, “We initiated the criticism that the very stability of the society will be affected in the long run if textbook contents lead to division or communalism. These must not be inculcated in the tender minds of the students. The Awami League believes in secular politics.”
“If education is communalised, this will lead to jeopardy not in the distant future, but in near future,” he opined.
Chairman of Chattogram Zila Parishad MA Salam and president of Chattogram Press Club Kalim Sarwar were present at the time, among others.