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Private religious schools to be registered with Jakim

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KUALA LUMPUR — April 27, 2017: All private religious schools or tahfiz will be registered under the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim).

The move under the National Tahfiz Education Policy (DPTN) which was proposed by the prime minister will be implemented after Jakim finalises several issues, including the terms of registration.

“As the prime minister has said, these tahfiz centres will be fully registered under Jakim. When this happens, it will be easy to implement any procedure on these schools,” said Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid to reporters at the Parliament lobby today.

Last March, Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced that the government through Jakim was in the process of drawing up the DPTN to empower the Quran tahfiz educational institutions.

Commenting on the proposal to draw up guidelines for caning in religious schools, Mahdzir said private institutions including religious schools must follow the standard operating procedures set by the ministry.

Yesterday, National Parents-Teachers’ Association  chairman Datuk Mohamad Ali Hasan  said there should be guidelines for caning in religious schools. — Bernama

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