KUCHING: Speculations surrounding the death of a pupil of a ‘tahfiz’ school at Kota Tinggi in Johor must stop immediately, the Association of Tahfiz Al-Quran Institutions (Pinta) has urged.
11-year-old Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gaddafi died on Wednesday at Sultan Ismail Hospital after being in a coma following the amputation of his legs.
It is believed that prior to that, he had been beaten with a hose by a warden at the tahfiz school where he was studying.
In this regard, Pinta chairman Affendi Julaihi said as investigation into the case is ongoing, the public should not make any speculation about it especially those aimed at tainting the reputation of other Islamic religious schools.
“The suspect has been apprehended and is awaiting trial,” he said.
Affendi said while Pinta has no authority to monitor any tahfiz school in operation, it is committed to strengthening the management aspects of these institutions through its members.
According to Welfare, Women and Community Wellbeing Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah, independent tahfiz schools are not under the purview of the Education Ministry, but the government strives to outline a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to ensure that they would listed under the ministry.
“These tahfiz schools should be registered under the Education Ministry through the Education Department to ensure that they will follow the guidelines listed by the ministry, especially in the legal and technical aspects,” she said.
The government, under the Islamic Development Department (Jakim), is in the midst of planning the National Tahfiz Education Policy to further empower the religious institution.
Meanwhile, Pinta deputy secretary Syed Muhd Rusydi Wan Yusup denied any violent method of teaching is used at tahfiz schools during lessons.
“In Islam, any method to teach or to give lessons to others especially children must never incur bodily harm or injuries,” he said.
According to ,MuhdRusydi, there are 13 tahfiz schools registered under Pinta in Sarawak – the majority of which are located here.
There is one each in Kota Samarahan, Bintulu and Miri divisions.
Source: The Borneo Post
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