KUALA LUMPUR: Putrajaya plans to set up a national tahfiz council next year to help streamline private tahfiz schools, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Fuziah Salleh said the government was committed to improving tahfiz institutions and providing adequate training in line with the National Tahfiz Education Policy which focused on five thrusts.
“The five thrusts are enhancing legislation and enforcement; introducing a recognised tahfiz institution model; strengthening the tahfiz education curriculum in line with mainstream education; empowering the administration of tahfiz institutions; and creating recognition and certification for tahfiz institutions,” she said in reply to a question by Ismail Sabri Yaakob (BN-Bera).
Ismail had asked whether the government intended to continue the policy of developing tahfiz centres by improving them, as well as provide training to tahfiz students to guarantee them a brighter future.
Fuziah (PH-Kuantan) said the government had introduced three models to enhance the tahfiz curriculum, namely the Tahfiz Integrated Curriculum, “tahfiz turath” and “tahfiz kemahiran”.
In terms of enhancing the skills of government teachers, she said, the Malaysian Islamic Development Authority (Jakim) was constantly organising workshops and courses together with the education ministry.
Fuziah also told the house that laws were being amended to include the definition of tahfiz schools as religious schools.
“To ensure safety at tahfiz institutions, Jakim and the Occupational Health and Safety Institute are conducting safety and health courses in tahfiz schools nationwide.
“Such courses focus on the aspects of health and safety of those in tahfiz institutions,” she added.