‘Aliyah Qiraat graduates make use of MoRA loan to study abroad
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
MORE graduates of the ‘Aliyah Qiraat diploma are taking up the Ministry of Religious Affair’s Educational Loan Scheme to continue their studies abroad, said the Acting Principal of Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (ITQSHHB).
Pg Hj Haslin Pg Hj Ali said that most of the 19 graduates from last year’s ‘Aliyah Qiraat programme sought for the loan facility as not everyone was eligible to get the scholarship.
However, he said that under the loan scheme, graduates who finish with a first class degree (mumtaz), will be exempted from repayment.
Those who finish with a second class (jayyid jidan), are only expected to pay back 40 per cent of the loan. No special incentive has been lined out for those graduating with third class (jayyid) and pass (maqbul).
To date, he said that 44 students have graduated from the ‘Aliyah Qiraat diploma programme, with another 11 expected to be graduating on September 8.
However, only two of the diploma graduates are currently studying at the Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA).
“There are 42 students studying overseas mainly at Maahad Qiraat Shoubra in Egypt due to unavailability of the course or module in the country. Those graduating on September 8 will fly off to Egypt on September 21,” the acting principal said.
Pg Hj Haslin added that graduates’ job opportunities is not limited to religious education officers.
“We are hoping the graduates of ‘Aliyah Qiraat will be able to work in other ministries besides the Religious Affairs,” he said.
Currently, there are 27 students studying at the institute to pursue a diploma in ‘Aliyah Qiraat.
The three-year programme focuses on several modules including Al-Quran studies, Qiraat, Islamic studies, Arabic language and Malay Muslim Monarchy (MIB).
The diploma students will also be guided and trained by a huffaz (an individual who is able to memorise 30 chapters of the Quran).
To be eligible for the programme, applicants must be Muslim, citizens or permanent residents, posses a jayyid (good) rank in at least four subjects in the Brunei Islamic Studies Certificate (SPUB) examinations or four credits in the Brunei Cambridge GCE O-Level examinations or their equivalent, including Malay and Arabic languages.
The Brunei Times