| Wani Roslan |
ISLAM does not deny the existence of a process of learning and teaching using ICT as it improves the effectiveness of teaching and learning religious knowledge.
Teachers need to acquire ICT skills and guide students on how to process and utilise information resources wisely.
“Education institutions must provide teachers with skills in information and communication technologies that are in line with current developments” said the Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs, Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, during the closing ceremony of the International Conference on Teachers Education 2014 (ICOTE 2014) yesterday, which was held at The Indera Samudra Hall of The Empire Hotel & Country Club.
The deputy minister highlighted that a good teacher possesses vast knowledge and good characteristics that include being responsible in their career as well as towards society as a whole and being sincere when conveying knowledge.
He also emphasised that the Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB) has potential to be a top centre for religious education in the region, particularly within the Consortium of Asia-Pacific Education Universities (CAPEU).
“KUPU SB plays a role in spreading Islamic teaching in the region through religious teachers education. KUPU SB must always synchronise its programmes and activities so that it can become a centre of excellence in the Malay world and at an international level,” the deputy minister added.
The closing ceremony also saw the submission of resolutions to the deputy minister.
As mentioned by the Secretariat of CAPEU, Associate Professor Dr Qismullah Yussuf, issues that need to be considered in upholding teacher education include innovative approaches in Islamic education as well as research and development of teachers education to improve professionalism in order to better each student.
The Secretariat of CAPEU also highlighted the need to enhance a student’s experience through multimedia innovation in teaching and learning activities as well as utilising the English, Malay and Arabic languages in higher education institutions.