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Tuesday February 24, 2009

FT Minister announces two more religious schools in the city

DESPITE the slump in the economy, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique is not letting up on his corporate responsibility in ensuring that every child in the city gets an education.

To ensure this, the minister announced that two more religious schools, namely Sekolah Menengah Agama Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (SMAMAIWP) and Sekolah Tahfiz Sains or better known as “Imtiaz School” will be built in the city.

He said the construction for the agama school was being built on a 3.36ha site at the Bandar Sri Permaisuri in Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary constituency and expected to be ready by end of next year.

“The boarding secondary school will be able to accommodate 1,200 students and will be equipped with various facilities including laboratories, workers’ quarters and a surau,” he said.

Well done: Zulhasnan and wife Datin Seri Siti Nooriah Ana Razak mingling with students who excelled in their Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah Agama (UPSRA) 2008, recently.

Zulhasnan was speaking to reporters after handing over donations to 70 students who excelled in their Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah Agama (UPSRA) last year, at Taman Setiawangsa last Saturday.

Meanwhile, Zulhasnan, who is the Setiawangsa MP, said the Imtiaz School would be developed by the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) on a 8.8ha site in Setiawangsa.

“The initial allocation of RM30mil from MAIWP has been approved and the groundbreaking ceremony will be held next month,” he said.

He added that there were only four Imtiaz schools in the country so far and all were located in Terengganu.

“We hope that both the agama school and the Imtiaz school will be able to produce educated young Muslims with good character and confidence to face future challenges,” he added.

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