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Negeri Sembilan government gives priority to Islamic education

Last update: 26/04/2018
SEREMBAN, April 25 (Bernama) -- The Negeri Sembilan state government allocated RM53.2 million to the Islamic education sector last year in an effort to strengthen this education stream.

The state government portal reported that RM16.9 million was for the Negeri Sembilan Islamic Religious Council (MAINS), Negeri Sembilan Islamic Religious Affairs Department (JHEAINS) (RM11.2 million), the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) (RM21.8 million) and the State Education Department (RM3.3 million).

The allocation was also distributed to a boarding school (religious stream); Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Agama (SMKA) (16), private religious schools (13), Sekolah Agama Rakyat (59), afternoon religious classes (KAP) (235) and pondok/ tahfiz/ madrasah (68).

The KAP classes, introduced in 2005, was further implemented in national schools; religious schools; the Quran and Fardhu Ain classes (KAFA) as well as in a Chinese type national school last year, involving 46,000 students and 1,798 teachers.

In terms of academic achievement, for the KAFA Class Assessment Test (UPKK), 2,788 students obtained 8As last year, compared to 2,587 (2016), 1,943 (2015) and 1,603 (2014).

For the Malaysian Higher Islamic Religious School Certificate (STAM) level, Negeri Sembilan retained its top ranking at the national level for seven consecutive years since 2011.

To improve Islamic education further, the state government also upgraded its Tahfiz Al-Quran Institute (ITQAN) located in Gemencheh by providing diploma programmes since 2014.

"Last year, 37 students received their Diploma in Tahfiz, compared to 22 students in 2012 and nine in 2004," the report said.

According to the report, 68 pondok/tahfiz/madrasah in six districts, namely, in Tampin and Rembau with seven institutions each, Jempol (five), Kuala Pilah (eight), Port Dickson (three) and Seremban (38) were conducting full time tahfiz (madrasah) programme.

In terms of sponsorship for further studies in the Middle East, MAINS sponsored 105 medical students and 366 Islamic studies students in three countries namely Egypt, Jordan and Morocco, involving RM13.3 million of the allocation.

In the 13th general election (GE13), the education sector was among the 45 pledges listed in the Negeri Sembilan Barisan Nasional manifesto.