KUALA NERANG: The Education Ministry is urging private religious-stream schools, especially tahfiz centres, to scrutinise the background of teachers before recruiting them.
Its minister, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, said this entails investigating the educational background of the teaching manpower, and records of where they had served.
He said the move is aimed at preventing a recurrence of the incident in which Mohammad Thaqif Amin Mohd Ghaddafi, 11, was allegedly brutally abused by an assistant warden at his tahfiz in Kota Tinggi, Johor.
Subsequent to the alleged abuse, the victim's legs were amputated due to bacterial infection, before he died on Wednesday at the Sultan Ismail Hospital.
"(This can be enforced at) schools registered with the ministry and the Islamic Development Department.
"It is difficult for the ministry to monitor tahfiz centres which are set up privately, but we urge them to (follow our advice on doing background checks)," he told reporters after the ''Negaraku, Menghubung Menyatu'' programme at the Kampung Tengah Public Field, Mukim Kurong Hitam here, today.
Mahdzir had previously said that private religious-stream schools, including tahfiz centres, will be registered under Jakim soon, in line with the National Tahfiz Education Policy, as suggested by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. -- Bernama