Pahang to introduce guidelines for 80 tahfiz in state

T. N. ALAGESH

KUANTAN: The Pahang government will introduce a set of guidelines for some 80 Maahad Tahfiz (religious schools) operating in the state to safeguard the welfare of their students.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said the set of recommendations will be drafted following a brainstorming session and seminar between the religious school administrators and the state government which will be held soon.

He said religious school administrators and supervisors are free to speak their minds during the sessions, as the state government wants to help overcome whatever issues are plaguing the schools.

"Introducing the guidelines does not mean that the state government wants to interfere with the schools’ administration, but we want to ensure all aspects are well taken care of. However, the schools will have the final say.

"People who set up religious schools want "pahala" (reward from God). That is a good intention, but at times, the operators might overlook certain things involving the students, and we want to help protect the students’ welfare and interests," he told reporters after meeting Pahang religious school principals at Hentian Putra mosque here, on Tuesday night.

Adnan said religious schools in the state should emulate the Maahad Tahfiz Negeri Pahang (MTNP) in Tanjung Lumpur, which has a proper management system and curriculum that has enabled its students to become professionals in reciting the al-Quran.

He added that MTNP is on the right track, as the school has been effective in producing outstanding academic and co-curricular results.