More research needed for religious education

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MORE research is to be done in the area of Islamic religious teaching and education to ensure that society receives quality religious education said the Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs.

Present to close the two-day conference, the International Conference on Islamic Teacher Education (ICITE), Pg Dato Paduka Hj Bahrom Pg Hj Bahar said that such a move is required to ensure that the nation is moving towards the right direction.

“Religious education is to be prioritised and it is here that we need an innovative approach based on the Quran and Sunnah as the development core for the Islamic society at all levels to achieve ‘hasanah’ in this world and the hereafter,” said the Deputy Minister in his closing remarks.

During the conference, a total of 40 working papers including two main working papers were presented from local and international scholars that gathered at KUPU SB to discuss matters pertaining to religious teaching and education.

Pg Dato Paduka Hj Bahrom also expressed his hopes in having the Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPU SB) in continuing their ties and cooperation with their relevant stakeholders such as the Islamic Studies Department.

He urged the college to assist the relevant stakeholders in reviewing the development and progress of religious education in the country including its development aspect, its curriculum, appraisal or evaluation, supervision and inspectorates, school administration and other aspects relevant to the teaching of the education.

The completion of the conference saw four resolutions resulting from the conference.

The first resolution is the execution of a model curriculum of the current teaching of Islamic education.

It will serve to strengthen religious education througn the provisions of the education act; improve the quality of the teaching profession through the implementation of an integrated curriculum of Islamic teaching; and by exploring the relationship between effective methods of teaching such as Outcome Based Educaton (OBE) and Project Oriented Problem Based Learning (POPBL).

The second resolution is to heighten the effectiveness of the execution of teaching and learning methods through innovation at tahfiz education, the methods of teaching tajwid (pronounciation), teaching skills, methods, mind-mapping, phonics in Jawi, and instilling pristine values (nilai murni) in general education.

A resolution on promoting research in the field of information and communications technology (ICT) to improve teaching and learning performance, such as the development of applications for Islamic education, as well as the utilisation of websites to aid learning and research.

The last resolution is to monitor and supervise the practice and enforcement of Islamic values in the Islamic teaching education system through fostering the authority and individuality of religious teachers and to empower the supervision practice of religious teaching education.

The Brunei Times