The Greenview Islamic School was set up by a small group of Muslim educationalists who felt the urge to provide quality Islamic education for students in Malaysia.
“Since the 9/11 incident, there has been a worldwide impression that Islamic schools are responsible for producing religious extremists. This has added to the misunderstanding of Islam as a violent and oppressive religion. This misunderstanding is unfortunate when we realise the undeniable contribution that Islamic schools made in the development of modern education,” says Mohd Azman Hamzah, Director of the Greenview Islamic School.
Azman hopes that the setting up of Greenview Islamic school will contribute towards the revival of the true Islamic education that has produced so many great scientists and philosophers.
“We came together to start the school in an attempt to ensure that we give a good balance between the secular and religious education. Our target is of course Muslim parents although we will not deny admission to non-Muslim students,” he continues.
The school follows the Cambridge syllabus and hopes to become a Cambridge centre soon. When the student reaches Year 11 and is aged at least 15 years old, he or she will sit for the IGCSE` O’ Levels examinations as a private candidate with the British Council.
For Islamic studies, the school uses the JAIS/JAKIM syllabus but teaches in English instead and the students will be required to sit for the IGCSE Islamiyat subject at the British Council.
“The reason why we opted for the IGCSE syllabus is because it is recognised worldwide and the quality is not compromised,” Azman explains
In preparing its students to become global citizens, the school wants its students to master at least three languages – English, Bahasa Malaysia and Arabic – and it hopes to include Mandarin in the near future.
Although it is a new school with a limited budget, Azman and his team ensure that the classrooms are equipped with the best facilities including multimedia laser projectors, speakers and a computer allowing teachers to adopt a multi-sensory approach in making the lessons an enjoyable experience.
As an Islamic private school, Greenview aims to raise the quality of Islamic education to be on par with the best private schools in the country and to make high quality education that is enjoyed by foreign students affordable to the Muslim parents in this country.
“The school board now is trying its best to acquire suitable land to ensure that we can afford the best possible facilities to all our students,” he concludes.