MoU SIGNED: Move to register all state religious schools as government-aided religious schools
JOHOR BARU: THE Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar yesterday lauded the move to register all religious schools in the state as government-aided religious schools.
Such a move, he said, would alleviate the financial burden of the state Religious Department in running them.
However, the sultan maintained that his power as well as that of the Johor Islamic Council, the Johor Religious Affairs Department and other related parties, should not be compromised.
This, said the sultan, was enshrined under Item 17 of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Federal Government and the state government yesterday with regard to the registration of the schools.
"It states that the powers and responsibilities of the related parties remain the same. If I notice any breach of the conditions as stipulated under the MoU, I will not hesitate to announce the MoU void immediately," he said after witnessing the signing of the MoU at the Persada Convention Centre here.
Representing the Federal Government was Education Ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr Rosli Mohamed while the state government was represented by state secretary Datuk Obet Tawil.
Present were Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also education minister, and Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.
"Any decisions made on the school administration have to be in line with the Johor Religious Administration enactment and must be presented to me first before implementation," he added.
Following the MoU, 25 religious schools in the state will now become government-aided religious schools while 700 teachers and 100 supporting staff will now come under the payroll of the Education Ministry.
The Johor religious schools, set up under the order of the late Sultan Abu Bakar, were run by the Johor Religious Affairs Department's education unit.
It was aimed at providing a more orderly, wholesome and well-monitored religious education.
Muhyiddin gave an assurance that the powers of the sultan and other related parties were provided for under the MoU and would not be eroded.
He said the teachers employed under the ministry would receive competitive salaries and enjoy benefits such as promotion, pension and housing loans.