Min­istry reg­is­ter­ing re­li­gious schools, tah­fiz

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PU­TRA­JAYA: The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry is reg­is­ter­ing tah­fiz and re­li­gious schools in the coun­try, said Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk P. Ka­malanathan here yes­ter­day.

How­ever, some were re­luc­tant to reg­is­ter, fear­ing the min­istry would in­ter­fere in their ped­a­gog­i­cal as­pect of teach­ing.

“The min­istry has reg­is­tered many re­li­gious schools which have vol­un­tar­ily come for­ward and we didn’t med­dle with their syl­labus.

“We made sure they go through safety and se­cu­rity in­spec­tions con­ducted by gov­ern­ment agen­cies un­der the min­istry,” he told the New

Straits Times.

Ka­malanathan’s com­ments came in light of the fire in­ci­dent that claimed the lives of 21 chil­dren and two teach­ers at Darul Qu­ran It­ti­faqiyah tah­fiz school in Kam­pung Datuk Kera­mat, Kuala Lumpur, on Thurs­day.

He said most re­li­gious schools were reg­is­tered un­der the state Re­li­gious De­part­ments as they fell un­der the state’s ju­ris­dic­tion.

“The main rea­son why some schools don’t want or refuse to be reg­is­tered un­der the min­istry is be­cause they want to con­tinue to op­er­ate in­de­pen­dently and main­tain their syl­labus.”

It was re­ported in May that there were about 270 re­li­gious schools reg­is­tered un­der the min­istry.

Ka­malanathan said al­though the process of reg­is­ter­ing re­li­gious schools un­der the min­istry was on­go­ing, it is the min­istry’s hope to make it com­pul­sory.

The min­istry and the Depart­ment of Is­lamic De­vel­op­ment Malaysia (Jakim) were re­ported to be work­ing to­gether to draw up guide­lines for the reg­is­tra­tion of tah­fiz schools.

Datuk P. Ka­malanathan

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