New department to oversee religious schools in Melaka

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MELAKA: Melaka will set up a Department of Islamic Education by March, Chief Minister Adly Zahari said today.

He said the department would be placed under the Melaka Islamic Religious Council (MAIM) and would supervise religious schools under the Melaka Islamic Religious Department (JAIM), as well tahfiz, and public and private religious schools registered under JAIM.

“Currently, the Islamic education system is supervised by JAIM but, as we understand, JAIM has many responsibilities or duties including supervising the various Islamic institutions. The heavy burden can affect better and focused management.

“Furthermore, the setting up of the department can reduce bureaucracy in the development of Islamic education in the state,” he told reporters after visiting a school on the first day of the new school year today.