SOASCIS seminar discusses religious education system

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THE two-year implementation of integrated education system between vernacular and the Islamic education from January 3 2004 to December 2005 failed because it lacked preparation.

“The dual approach to education has created the problem of ‘two worlds’ in the child’s mind, religion and scientific, each held in isolation from the other,” said Pg Dr Norhazlin Pg Hj Muhammad.

The deputy director of the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS) presented her paper on “The Coming of Islam to Brunei Darussalam and Its Impact on the Development of Islamic Studies in the Sultanate” during the second day of SOASCIS-ASAFAS second Joint International Seminar, yesterday.

She said after more studies were carried out and preparation was fine tuned, an implementation of new system where all Muslim children are made compulsory to attend religious school was introduced early this year.

Dr Pg Norhazlin divided her paper into several topics: the coming of Islam to Brunei Darussalam, Islamic studies before the administration of Residential System, Islamic Studies during the administration System (1906-1959), the pre independence period (1959-1983) and the independence period (1984 onwards).

She explained during the reign of His Majesty Sultan Hj Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien and when independence was achieved in 1984, Islam was chosen as the foundation and as way of Bruneian life through the proclamation of Malay Islamic, Monarchy philosophy.

From then on, efforts were made to create more religious schools and up till today several higher learning institutions were also created for Islamic studies courses on the tertiary level.

SOASCIS has also specific role at Universiti Brunei Darussalam where starting of January next year, it is compulsory for every undergraduates to take a special module on “Islamic and the Modern World”.

“The undergraduates can take the module any time during their studies at the university,” she said adding that the aim of stressing on Islamic studies is to produce a better generation with high skills and practise Islamic values.

The Brunei Times