Religious schools welcome new students

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

ONLY 83 out of 5274 students aged seven years and studying in Year Two have yet to register for pre-school education at religious schools in the country this year.

This was highlighted by Minister of Religious Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awang Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awang Othman during his visit to the Pengiran Anak Puteri Mutawakillah Hayatul Bolkiah Religious School in Serusop yesterday.

Under the Compulsory Religious Education Order, religious education was made mandatory for every Muslim child born on or after January 1, 2006, holding either a citizenship or permanent resident status in Brunei. The order took effect from January 1, 2013.

This year’s figure was a slight decrease from the 5,358 new students at religious schools recorded last year.

The minister explained that some registrations are yet to be accounted for as the students could only be submitting their registrations yesterday.

He added that some parents might have sought special exemption for reasons such as having to bring their children abroad when they go on overseas duty.

The minister went on to say that the Ministry of Religious Affairs will prepare the facilities and resources every year to ensure that no child is left out from receiving Islamic religious education.

“This is to ensure that the future generation... has basic religious education at least up to the Year Six level... (this) will help them fulfill their religious obligation of acquiring basic religious knowledge,” the minister said.

The Brunei Times