DG: No de­ci­sion yet on plac­ing re­li­gious, aided schools un­der one min­istry

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KUCHING: The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry and Depart­ment of Is­lamic De­vel­op­ment Malaysia (Jakim) have yet to fi­nalise plac­ing re­li­gious schools and aided schools un­der one min­istry or whether to keep them as they are now.

Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s di­rec­tor-gen­eral Tan Sri Dr Khair Mo­hamad Yu­sof said this when asked on the lat­est de­vel­op­ment in the dis­cus­sion be­tween the min­istry and Jakim on the regis­tra­tion terms of re­li­gious and aided schools dur­ing a visit and work party (go­tong roy­ong) at SK Mer­pati Jepang here yes­ter­day.

The work party was part of ‘Je­la­jah Ke­mente­rian Pen­didikan Malaysia’ pro­gramme in­volv­ing teach­ers, stu­dents and par­ents clean­ing, re­paint­ing the school walls and mak­ing teach­ing ma­te­ri­als.

“Re­li­gious and tah­fiz schools fall un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the state gov­ern­ment and the re­li­gious coun­cil in the state. There are re­li­gious schools reg­is­tered with the min­istry but they are pri­vate schools, which fol­low the na­tional co-curicu­lum. Other tah­fiz schools have their own co-curicu­lums.”

Jakim is a cen­tral body whose role is to reg­u­late in­sti­tu­tions re­lated to re­li­gion. Jakim does not have any schools of its own. ‘Fardhu ain’ classes held in the af­ter­noon are run by the state gov­ern­ment and the re­li­gious coun­cil of the state, and are some­times held in gov­ern­ment schools.

Tah­fiz schools, where the stu­dents live in dor­mi­to­ries and ‘seko­lah pon­dok’, do not come un­der the min­istry, Khir said.

On a re­lated sub­ject, Khair said the min­istry is pay­ing full at­ten­tion to safety is­sues in­volv­ing stu­dents, es­pe­cially those study­ing in di­lap­i­dated schools in the ru­ral ar­eas.

“State ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor has pre­sented the list of di­lap­i­dated schools to the chief min­is­ter and deputy prime min­is­ter last week. In the list, we in­cluded ways to de­velop and re­build th­ese schools, in­clud­ing the dor­mi­to­ries, teach­ers’ quar­ters, of­fices and other fa­cil­i­ties.

Later, Khair launched the ‘Je­la­jah Ke­mente­rian Pen­didikan Malaysia’ pro­gramme at Plaza Merdeka aimed to reach out to the com­mu­nity and pro­mote the pro­grammes and ser­vices pro­vided by the min­istry.

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