The Education Ministry will be holding talks with the Prime Minister’s Department to expedite the registration of private religious schools including ‘madrasah’ and Quran memorisation (tahfiz) schools, said Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid.
He said the ministry would discuss the matter with Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Jamil Khir Baharom in the near future.
“I will sit together with Jamil after May 1…We will discuss how to speed up the registration of these schools.
“The government does not plan to close tahfiz schools and madrasah as proposed by certain quarters…That (the closure) won’t happen,” said Mahdzir after officiating the 2017 Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair (PBAKL17) in Kuala Lumpur today.
On Thursday, Mahdzir announced that all private religious schools would soon be registered under the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim).
He said the move was in line with the National Tahfiz Education Policy (DPTN) as proposed by Prime Minister Najib Razak last year.
Mahdzir said the registration exercise would also allow the government to monitor such schools so that they would follow the standard operating procedures set by the ministry. –Bernama