| Abdul Hakiim Yakof |
ALLAYING concerns of parents and guardians of students over the Ministry of Education’s recent decision to close down the Luqman Darussalam School, its authorities have assured that the school will continue to function as before.
This was revealed by the manager of the school in a meeting held yesterday morning with the parents to inform them about the current status of the school.
The ministry ordered the immediate closure of the school located in Jalan Jerudong, Kampong Sengkurong ‘A’ on Monday after rejecting its approval for reportedly failing to comply with registration requirements, putting the future of its students in limbo.
The notice of closure was broadcast on national television and printed on newspapers.
The Ministry of Education (MoE) had also advised the parents and guardians to send their children to registered educational institutions as soon as possible in compliance with the Compulsory Education Act Chapter 211.
During the meeting yesterday, Cikgu Pengiran Haji Samsul Bahari bin Pengiran Haji Luqman, the manager of the school, said the school’s management attended a meeting with the Private Institutions Section, Ministry of Education, and presented the necessary requirements and endorsements from departments handling the registration of new schools and school premises relocation.
“The school was successfully registered, although we don’t know how much time the (approval) process will take. The school has carried out the required steps and presented the support of relevant departments; all that is left now is the Private Institutions Section part. As for the status of the school, we are not closing down, Insya Allah”, the manager said.
Regarding the shifting of students, Cikgu Pengiran Haji Samsul told the parents that it was up to them to decide whether to move their children to other schools.
“But we can’t stop them from moving the students, as this involves their progress and welfare,” he said. “We hope to receive approval in two or three days and we don’t want the parents to take unnecessary pain in transferring their children to different schools.”
If any parent wishes to proceed with transferring their children to other schools they should inform the school so that they can prepare documents for the transfer, the manager added.
Cikgu Pengiran Haji Samsul thanked the parents for their support and wished good luck to the students who will be leaving the school and prayed for their success in studies and future endeavours.
Hazman bin Hj Samad, one of the parents, said that he will not be transferring his child anywhere soon as the meeting clarified that the school is not closing down and is merely waiting for approval from the Ministry of Education, adding that he might reconsider the option of transferring if the approval takes more than a week.
Sulaiman, another parent, shared that his nine-year-old son, who is now in Year 6, has been studying at the school since he was two-years-old and that the school has many advantages such as the study of Arabic language and study of Al-Quran recitation, which he said would help in preparation for both the worldly life and the hereafter.
“I have two older children – my eldest who is now in Form Six obtained five ‘O’ levels and my second got seven ‘O’ levels – both of them are graduates of this school and I prefer them studying here.
“But if it takes more than two weeks, I will have to transfer my son so he won’t be left behind as he will be taking his PSR examinations. I do hope that MoE will speed up the approval so our children can keep studying here,” he said.