KUALA LUMPUR: The proposed National Tahfiz Education Policy will consider as its first priority the safety of tahfiz schools, once it is implemented after approval by the Council of Rulers.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said the proposed policy is generally about developing religious schools to suit the needs of current times.
"Decisions made at the first meeting of the high-level committee on the tahfiz school system have been brought to the state religious departments.
"They have unanimously agreed that the first focus must be on the safety of tahfiz schools, and only then on how to strengthen the policy to streamline the tahfiz education system," he said in reply to a question by Datuk Nawawi Ahmad (BN - Langkawi) in Parliament on Tuesday.
The proposed policy covers five core elements and addresses the need for tahfiz schools to not only focus on memorising the Quran, but other disciplines like science and life skills.
Dr Asyraf Wajdi also said the policy is expected to streamline the tahfiz school curriculum and improve the quality of education, as well as set and maintain standards of tahfiz school teachers.
"The policy will be the driving force to achieve the Prime Minister's aspiration for 125,000 huffaz (tahfiz school graduates) by 2050 who are not just well-versed in the Quran but have expertise in other disciplines.
"They will be what we call the 'ulul albab' generation — people with a strong foundation in Quranic values who also possess a wide and varied set of skills," he said.
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