School Religious Instruction

Oct 9th, 2006, in News, by

The Nahdlatul Ulama is complaining of restrictions on the amount of time that can be given over to Islamic religious instruction in schools.

The head of the education section of the Nahdlatul Ulama, Toyib I.M., says he is not happy with the decision by the Director General of Islamic Education in the Department of Religion to restrict the number of hours that schools can devote to religious instruction to four per week.

Toyib complains that the Director General of Islamic Education, Jahja Umar, did not engage in any discussions with interested parties before issuing his edict on the matter. Toyib says the government has ignored the special situation of religious education needs in madrasahs.

4 Comments on “School Religious Instruction”

  1. O. Bule says:

    Religious education should never take place in public schools. In a secular society, there must never be an attempt by the governemtn to establish religion. Religion is a private matter.

    O. Bule

  2. Bradlymail says:

    The education systems and laws must be changed, as a secular country religion education cannot be taught in government schools..unless in private schools or in pesentrens. For secular school it must include Civic education in their education curriculum.

  3. PerempuanRantau says:

    I couldn’t agree more with you Bradlymail. We even have this kind or religion course at university level. I will opt for a comparative study of religion in spite of religion course of your own religion.

    Honestly I think that as Indonesia is quite religious anyway, we can always find a time for the religion education. It is a common at rural areas to send their kid to mosque before dinner for two hours two to three times a week to learn Quran.

  4. Parvita says:

    Religion should never be taught in school. If I had children, I don’t want anybody to teach them religion because that is my responsibility. What is the guarantee that the teacher is not a Taliban follower?

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