Tahfiz schools must comply with discipline guidelines, even on caning

MELISSA DARLYNE CHOW




KUALA LUMPUR: All tahfiz schools have to comply with guidelines on discipline set by the Education Ministry.


Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said this also applied to caning.


"Regardless of who oversees the different schools, the schools have to adhere to the same standard operating procedure set by the ministry.

"The SOP include areas such as discipline, as well as the welfare of teachers and students," he told reporters in Parliament today.


Mahdzir also said that private religious schools, including tahfiz schools, will be registered under the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) in the near future.


He said the move will be carried out once Jakim finalises the terms and conditions, as well as other matters.


"Tahfiz centres will also be fully registered, to be handled by Jakim.


"This means that all pre-school, kindergartens, and private religious schools, will be registered and this will make it easier to manage whatever procedures imposed on all schools," he said.


Mahdzir's comments came on the back of 11-year-old Mohamad Thaqif Amin Gadaffi's death, yesterday.


Thaqif, a student of a tahfiz school in Kota Tinggi, Johor, had both his legs amputated following medical complications.


Thaqif's story became viral on social media after pictures of his badly bruised legs emerged. It was claimed that he was beaten with a rubber hose by his hostel warden as punishment.


The 29-year-old warden has been remanded until Saturday to facilitate investigations into the pupil’s murder.