More interest in Arabic schools show promise for Islamic institutes
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE increasing number of students enrolling into Arabic schools will provide more opportunities for Islamic higher institutions in the sultanate to receive more students in the future, said the Minister of Religious Affairs yesterday.
In an interview with Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Awang Hj Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awang Othman, he said that in few years time, Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) and the Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPU SB) will see more applicants from Arabic schools.
“For the past few years, Arabic schools in Brunei has seen an influx of students. This will indirectly affect the number of students applying into Islamic higher institutions in the future,” he said during a working visit to the Hassanal Bolkiah Arabic Secondary School (SMALHB) in the capital.
The minister said that SMALHB has seen an increase in the number of pre-university student enrolments for the 2016/2017 academic session.
“This year, the school received a total of 312 students compared to the previous intake that was recorded at only 180 students. It is the highest student enrolment when compared with previous years,” he said.
The minister said that with more students furthering their studies at Arabic schools, it will help strengthen Islam and religious education in the sultanate.
According to the Department of Islamic Study (JPI), of the 312 students, 141 are undertaking syariah course, 118 taking Usuluddin course and 16 in the Lughah (Arabic Language) course.
Meanwhile, 16 students had registered to study Umum 1 or Umum 2 courses which comprise A-Level Examination and the Brunei Religious Education High Certificate (STPUB).
Prior of the working visit, the event started with a briefing for parents which were delivered by the Acting Principal of the school, Ustazah Hjh Norjainah Hj Buntar.
Also in attendance during the visit was Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs, Dato Paduka Hj Abd Mokti Hj Daud, Permanent Secretary, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Director, officers and staff of MoRA. Since its establishment in 1964, SMALHB has produced many students who are proficient in Arabic and religious education.
The Brunei Times