KUALA LUMPUR, July 7 – Up to date, no ‘pondok’ Islamic religious school are eligible to be registered as government aided religious schools (SABK) because they do not meet the conditions and registration criteria, the Dewan Negara was told Tuesday.
Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan said among the ministry’s main criteria was to consider SABK registration application, including the need to implement the national curriculum as set by the Education Act 1996 (Act 550).
“The ministry cannot deny religious schools have produced scholars but for that school to be eligible for registration as SABK, it must meet the ministry’s criteria,” he said when replying to Senator Shahanim Mohamad Yusoff.
Kamalanathan said other criteria included requiring the school land to be donated for educational purposes and not privately owned, existing buildings were safe and had obtained Fire and Rescue Department’s approval while the local authority and school concerned must be operating.
Meanwhile replying to a separate question from Senator Datuk Mohd Suhaimi Abdullah on the drug prevention programme in accordance to the school curriculum, he said his ministry would cooperate with the Malaysian Drug Prevention Association (Pemadam) to curb drug abuse among school children. – BERNAMA