Girls’ madrassas expanding at a dramatic rate

Girls’ madrassas expanding at a dramatic rate
* 1,900 registered madrassas educating almost a quarter of a million girls in country
Daily Times, May 16, 2009

LAHORE: There are more than 1,900 registered madrassas for girls in Pakistan. And the female madrassas are expanding at a dramatic rate, educating almost a quarter of a million girls and providing more than half of the candidates taking the graduate-level examinations every year.

The madrassas are experiencing a boom thanks to the failures of the public education system and an increasing appetite in the lower middle class for traditional Islamic values.

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