‘Talgol’ in madrasa with new-old curriculum

The SSC and equivalent exams will be held for the first time in the new curriculum in 2026. Under the 9 general education boards of the country, the question papers will be prepared only on the textbooks of class 10. However, the Dakhil examination will be conducted under the Madrasa Board across the country in a mixed system.

The new curriculum will be tested in 11 subjects. In the remaining five subjects, students will have to participate in the examination as per previous rules. Their results will also be completely different. The mark sheet will have the result of the new course in one part and the result of the old course in the other part.

Madrasa teachers and parents say that students will struggle to prepare for exams if half new and half old syllabus is kept. A mixed-method test can also cause large yield losses. Moreover, when the mixed system is canceled later, these students will be in trouble in various fields including higher education, employment. They have also raised questions about the extent to which their marksheets or report cards will be accepted.

According to National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) and Madrasa Education Board sources, textbooks for five specialized subjects of madrasas have not yet been written in the new curriculum. For this reason, it has been decided to conduct the entrance exam in mixed system for two years (2026 and 2027). From then (year 2028) the entire examination will be according to the new syllabus.

According to research, according to the ‘National Education Outline 2021’, the government started implementing the new curriculum based on activities from the year 2023. This year, the new curriculum has been launched in seven classes. Along with general education, the same system is being applied in madrasas. Under the new rule, there will be a total of 16 subjects in 10th class in Madrasas. Out of these 11 books will be very similar to general education. The remaining five books are specialized in madrasas. Which have not yet started the work of writing and editing in the light of the new curriculum. It may take two to three years to complete this work. Until then, the National Curriculum Coordination Committee (NCCC) has decided to conduct mixed system examinations.

There is a danger of results in mixed method examination

Schoolchildren will read 11 books in class 10. All are new curriculum. SSC exam will be given on them. Madrasa students will read 11 books like school children, plus they will have to read five specialized books. It is already an added pressure on them. On top of that, students are afraid of messing up while studying half new, half old curriculum. And teachers think that the result may be disastrous.

Madinatul Uloom Kamil Madrasah, Gazipur, Class IX student and Quran Hafez Rezwan Rouhani. In 2026, he will appear for the first time in the submission test under the new rules. When asked, Rezwan Rouhani told Jago News, ‘The new method is totally unfamiliar to us. Even the teachers are not able to explain well. It will be difficult to conduct the exam in 11 new subjects and old rules in five subjects. We want to test either the new or the old rules.’

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Abdul Alim, a ninth grade student of Dhaka Aliya Madrasa, told Jago News, ‘If the government wants to introduce new rules, then everything should be new. If you take the test in two ways, you will definitely face problems. We want the whole exam to be conducted under the new rules. If there is no preparation, then after another two years, the exam should be taken under the new rules.

new rules It is being developed slowly. There will be obscurity, fog. It will become clear in the coming days. Students will have some problem, teachers will also have problem in teaching. As the new system is being implemented, we have to accept it and move forward.- Madrasa Board Chairman Professor Shah Muhammad Alamgir

When asked, an associate professor of Dhaka Aliya Madrasa told Jago News on condition of anonymity, ‘It is not appropriate for us to say whether the new curriculum is good or bad. Since the government is introducing new curriculum in madrasas too, then the whole thing should be in a new way. Otherwise students will not be able to understand. The results will also be very bad.’

He also said, ‘Madrasa students are already far behind in the job market. Despite being talented, they are deprived of jobs in different sectors just because of studying in Madrasas. They are not given jobs just because they see madrasa written in the certificate. Now if they are tested in two ways, it is written in the mark sheet-certificate, then there will be more danger.’

Madrasa Board ‘unhappy’ with NCTB pressure

Officials of the Madrasa Board do not agree on conducting public exams like Dakhil in mixed mode. In this regard, there is strong pressure from the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB). NCTB is desperate to implement new system for SSC and Dakhil examination in 2026. However, there is no preparation in the madrasa to implement it. As a result, the madrasa board is somewhat ‘unhappy’ about this. However, no official wanted to comment on the matter by revealing his name to the media.

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Two officials of Madrasa Board’s Examination Controller’s Office told Jago News that NCTB was urged to convert madrasa books into the new syllabus long ago from the board. They did not give any importance to Madrasa. Now the Madrasa Board is being pressured even though there is no preparation to take the Dakhil exam with SSC. Students will be at a disadvantage.

When asked, Madrasah board’s curriculum expert Ferdauchur Rahman said, ‘It would be better if all subjects were converted into a new curriculum and public exams (SSC and Dakhil) were taken. It would have benefited the students. There will be some problem if the test is done in two ways. This is the government’s decision. We have nothing to do here. We are working on implementation.’

Madrasa Board Chairman Professor Shah Muhammad Alamgir told Jago News, ‘New rules. It is being developed slowly. There will be obscurity, fog. It will become clear in the coming days. Students will have some problem, teachers will also have problem in teaching. As the new system is being implemented, we have to accept it and move forward.’

However, the madrasa board was not pressured, NCTB chairman (on routine duty) Professor Md. Mashiuzzaman. He told Jago News, ‘We cannot convert the specialized books of the madrasa into a new curriculum at will. The matter is touchy. If there is an error, a group will take it to the field. That’s why we are working on the gradual transformation of the Madrasa’s affairs.

If the examination and marksheet are done in two ways, the students will be in trouble—when the matter is put into perspective, he said, ‘Those who will take the examination in both the years will be given the same result. As a result, it will be known to everyone. I don’t think it will be too much of a problem.’

We cannot convert the specialized books of the Madrasa into a new curriculum at will. The matter is touchy. If there is an error, a group will take it to the field. That’s why we are gradually transforming the affairs of the madrasa. – Prof. Md. Mashiuzzaman.

Islamic Arabic University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Abdur Rashid told Jago News, ‘If there are two methods of marksheets, it can cause some complications. If a student passes the exam like this and goes to work, there will be competition against him; It will be difficult to analyze the results of both. Admission to higher education can also be a problem. NCTB is doing the work. We have faith and trust in them. Hopefully, they will not do anything that will put the students in trouble.’

Madrasa book conversion when?

NCTB is yet to proceed with the conversion of Madrasah specialized books into the new curriculum. They are now busy with class 10 books. It will take a few more months to complete this work. After that, NCTB will decide the action plan for the conversion of madrasa books. The Madrasa Board is also passing the time looking at the NCTB’s decision.

Ferdauchur Rahman, Madrasa Board’s curriculum expert, said, ‘NCTB knows when the book will be converted. If they want to help us in any work, I will do it. We are obliged to teach in the previous book until the book is made.

Chairman of NCTB Prof. Mashiuzzaman said, ‘In 2025 and 2026, madrasa students will not get specialized books in the new curriculum. We didn’t make much progress with it. After the work of class 10 books is completed, specialized books of the madrassa will be handed over.’

New-Old Curriculum Books

Class IX students are reading 11 books in the new curriculum. These will be in class 10 as well. Madrasa students will also read five more specialized books along with these.

The 11 books converted are—Bangla, English, Mathematics, Science Inquiry Text, Science Practice Text, History and Social Science, Digital Technology, Health Protection, Life and Livelihood, Arts and Culture, Islamic Education (History of Islam in Madrasas).

The older five specialized books are – Qur’an Majeed and Tajweed, Hadith Sharif, Aqayed and Fiqh, Al Lugatul Arabiyatul Ittesalia, Qawaidul Lugatil Arabiyyah.