A video of a madrassa student trolling Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry went viral on social media. In the video, a boy in white kameez shalwar wearing glasses briefed how they are being educated on the latest science technologies with computer facilities provided in the IT lab of the madrassa. The boy showed a few boys even learning different skills, working on the PC placed in the IT lab.
A well-educated boy, fluent in the English language, added that in the IT lab boys learn various computer editing skills including graphic designing, video editing, works on drone technology, robots, and several latest science technologies. The boy assured that the education standard of the madrassa is at par with other parallel education systems in Pakistan.
Hello Vikings:) here’s a challenge .:. but Q is where is the sea around Islamabad? pic.twitter.com/b8mkLoidJN
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) October 10, 2019
At the end of the short video clip, the student intended to invite Fawad Chaudhry to the IT Lab but then left his message in the middle on the pretext of forgetting the name of the Minister of Science and Technology.
The video seems to be in response to the recent tweet of Fawad Chaudhry trolling the supporters and party workers of JUI-F Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who mostly hails from a religious group.
The young seminary students make up the large chunk of the supporter of religious party JUI-F, which is currently planning a large demonstration and lockdown in Islamabad against the current government.
Fawad Chaudhry Trolled
In his latest tweet, Fawad Chaudhry shared the screenshot of the news, which read that the supporters of the JUI-F are planning to cross the river to reach Islamabad if faced with obstruction on the ground. Chaudhry called the supporters of JUI-F Vikings but embarrassed himself while mocking opponents when he confused river with the sea in his tweet.
“Hello Vikings:) here’s a challenge .:. but Q is where is the sea around Islamabad?” wrote Minister Chaudhry.
Madrassa System in Pakistan
Meanwhile, the video of a madrassa student came as a shock since the education system of madrassa is conceived to be less developed, below par than a moderate and western-style education system widely followed in Pakistan. It a widely held impression that madrassa primarily focuses on religious education, and hence the students of these religious seminaries are stereotyped to be less efficient, conservative and backward.
The video of the boy was a pleasant surprise for the viewers on social media since it showed how madrassa are evolving in Pakistan. While appreciating a madrassa in Karachi, the social media users commented that such madrassas providing quality education to the students are limited in Pakistan but more and more madrassas should follow the suit.
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The current government is now planning to revitalize the madrassa education system in Pakistan to bring it at par with other parallel education systems.
Interior Minister Ijaz Shah has said contemporary subjects have been included in the syllabus of seminaries to revamp the madrassa system to bring them to the national mainstream.