KUALA LUMPUR: There is no specific curriculum for tahfiz schools, the Dewan Rakyat was told.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Asraf Wajdin Dusuki said operators of tahfiz schools, where students learn to memorise Al Quran, use their own curriculum.
"The curriculum of tahfiz schools is under the purview of state religious authorities.
"This is in line with the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution whereby Islamic affairs are under the jurisdiction of state religious authorities," he said in reply to a question from Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (BN-Baling) in Dewan Rakyat today.
He added that the method of tahfiz learning depended on their respective teachers, aided by various religious books .
In replying to a supplementary question by Idris Ahmad (PAS - Bukit Gantang), he said the government was in the process of drafting the National Tahfiz Education Policy.
The draft, of which a copy had been submitted to the Council of Rulers, focuses on developing tahfiz schools in line with current needs.
"The government is aware that the education curriculum must be streamlined to ensure the quality of tahfiz schools," he said.
The deputy minister added that all Islamic religious education teachers, including tahfiz school teachers, were required to obtain their teaching credentials from state religious authorities.