KUALA LUMPUR – The government has no plans to terminate the j-QAF (Jawi, al-Quran, Arab, Fardu Ain) education system in national-type schools, implemented since 2005.
Education Deputy Minister P. Kamalanathan said this was because the j-QAF was successful in empowering Islamic Education among Muslim students in primary schools.
“At the moment, the Education Ministry is studying and reviewing the needs of the j-QAF teachers after the merge of Islamic Studies teachers and j-QAF teachers have been approved by the federal agency.
“The intake of new teachers will be after the review is completed,” he said when replying to a question from Ahmad Baihaki Atiqullah (PAS-Kubang Kerian) during the question-and-answer session at the Dewan Rakyat here today.
Replying to a supplementary question from Ahmad Baihaki on whether the ministry would make Islamic Studies a compulsory subject in the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination, Kamalanathan said the ministry would study the situation from time to time to see if there was a need for it to be implemented.
“We will look at the situation to see if it should be a compulsory subject, and will discuss with the stakeholders to make a decision, and look at the effects of implementing the j-QAF in secondary schools in the future,” he said. – BERNAMA