‘Well-rounded students can develop the nation’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (ITQSHHB) was established with the aim of producing students with various skills and degrees of knowledge and not just focused on a specific field.

Speaking during the enrolment of new students at the institute yesterday, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Mokti Hj Mohd Daud said the nation wants to see a future generation with solid knowledge of Al-Quran and other important fields.

“Al-Quran should be the main source of knowledge of every generation and should become the guidance for shaping the country’s development.

“(But) the institute not only aims to produce students with certain skills. Besides Al-Quran, the students also need to focus on other fields,” he said.

“Students must always be wise in making decisions on matters related to memorisation of Al-Quran and balancing that with other subjects,” he added.

A total of 53 students were accepted at the institute. Their orientation began on January 12 and ends tomorrow.

Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Mokti advised the students to be determined and diligent in their efforts to master knowledge.

“Students have to be patient and resilient in facing challenges and problems in the learning process and memorisation as they have to consider other subjects. They also must approach educators and lecturers for advice and guidance.”

Prior to the deputy minister’s speech, the acting principal of ITQSHHB, Pg Hj Haslin Pg Hj Ali, said a total of 389 students from various Arabic and private schools in the country had registered for this year’s enrolment.

“Of the 53 students (that were accepted), 35 are male and 18 are female. From that number, a total of 42 candidates are graduate students from Arabic schools and 11 others are students from private schools,” he said.

During the event, the new students were each given a Mushaf Al-Quran from the ministry. They then took their oath in front of the deputy minister and the attendees.

More than 200 school staff, teachers, parents and senior students attended the ceremony.

The Brunei Times