KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Islamic authorities will work with the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) to enhance Islamic education particularly in the Al-Quran and kelas asas fardu ain (Kafa) programme in the state.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said this was to ensure the younger generation would continue to obtain educational opportunities especially in the two fields.
He said in facing the educational transformation which was complex and challenging, the empowerment in developing and solidifying the Islamic education system, particularly in the Kafa programme must also move forward.
“Those involved in education management must think creatively and critically in order to keep up with the changes, in line with mainstream education,” he said at the closing ceremony of the Sabah Multaqa Guru Kafa event organised by Jakim here on Monday (Sept 26).
Hajiji’s speech was read by Sabah Special Tasks Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Ariffin Mohd Arif.
He added Kafa teachers play vital roles particularly in shaping the younger people to be a generation who were not only educated but also devoted and principled in the Islamic lifestyle.
On the textbook loan scheme, Hajiji hoped the assistance that would be provided for free to Kafa students in Sabah would spur a more effective teaching and learning experience for them.
He also believes that the Federal Government would be fair and committed to the needs and welfare of the Kafa community throughout the country.
“This runs parallel with one of the values contained in the Keluarga Malaysia Keluarga Sejahtera spirit which is inclusiveness which makes the principle of fairness as a reinforcing core in the Malaysian Family concept,” he added.