AS A Muslim residing in an Islamic country upholding the MIB concept, one has to praise the efforts of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in guiding the population towards betterment in life and especially afterlife. One such effort is to make it an obligation of all Muslim children to attend religious schools.
Having said that, the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) should take into consideration religious classes for children with special needs. As we currently understand, these special children are only provided with religious classes once a week because of the rotational teaching system in the country.
A qualified special needs teacher will teach in five different schools per week, ie one school each day.
As parents blessed with such a child, we feel that the frequency of the schooling is insufficient and hope that the MoRA can come up with a better teaching system.
What we can suggest, if we may, is having a centralised religious school with more than three teachers to increase the learning time for the children.
This way teachers will not need to be rotated.
Another system that MoRA can take into consideration is the pull-out learning system.
With this, the special needs children deemed capable of joining normal classes, albeit briefly, will be pulled out of the special classes to join the normal classes for maybe an hour or more.
At certain stage, these children will be able to join the normal classes without any ‘culture shock’.
DES School is one such school that I know of that practises such a system successfully.
We would very much appreciate if MoRA can look into this matter because what we are looking for in the religious classes is not the certificate of completion but rather to allow these special needs children to understand and perform the Islamic way such as reading the Quran, praying, fasting, etc.
After all, is this not our obligation to the country? And especially to Allah the Almighty?
We should also understand that these children must not be isolated but should be helped to blend into the community.
I’m sure they will be an asset to the country with proper plans and strategies in handling their lifelong studies.
– Blessed Parents