Political agenda with false stories about education

There are several quarters casting doubt and even fabricate non religious at national schools, especially boarding school with the sinister intention to make the education syllabus liberal, for obvious liberalism and pluralism agenda.

FMT story

Heavy hand of religion disrupting studies at govt schools, say helpless parents

Nur Hasliza Mohd Salleh – January 21, 2020 8:36 AM20.2kShares

An over-emphasis on religious rituals has some Muslim parents in residential government schools worrying about their focus on studies. (Bernama file pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Parents and family members of children enrolled in reputable government residential schools are questioning what they view as an over-emphasis on religious practices that disrupt the pupils’ studies.

Many find that the practice of religious rituals and activities has reached a point that academic performance is affected.

These activities take up too much of the students’ time and energy, causing them to be tired and lethargic at regular classes and revision periods, they told FMT.

“As far as I’m concerned, we did not send our kids to a tahfiz or pondok school,” said Amir, father of a student who took the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination last year at a branch of the Mara Junior Science College, or MRSM in Johor.

Parents of other children in the same school told FMT that the situation is worse for those who will be sitting major public exams in Form 3 and Form 5.

They said students were frequently asked to attend compulsory sessions to perform congregational prayers, including non-obligatory rituals such as the solat tahajud, solat hajat and tazkirah, special prayers performed by Muslims in times of adversity.

For most of these prayer sessions, students are required to get up as early as 3am.

Complaints to the headmaster have been futile: the parents were told that the rituals were to get “blessings” and to ensure students obtained excellent results in the exams, thus elevating the status and the name of the school, Amir told FMT.

“But the school’s status won’t go up; they are competing on which school is more Islamic instead of being better academically,” he added.

Similar complaints of religious overtones and symbols in non-residential government schools have also arisen, in the midst of a continuing public debate over Malaysia’s polarised education system.

Many analysts and experts have expressed fears that national schools have ceased to be multiracial. There have also been calls for the government to work towards a single-stream school on grounds of fostering national unity.

Amir, 43, is also a product of MRSM. He said he was happy when his child received an offer to enrol at his old school, as he was convinced of its focus on high quality education.

An obsession with the supernatural

Another parent spoke of her daughter’s bizarre experience of her school’s obsession with the supernatural.

She told FMT that her daughter was told to attend a “ruqyah” session, in which Quranic verses are used to treat a sick person, as well as to cure from the possession of “bad jinns”.

Her offence was missing the Talaqqi, or Quranic pronunciation classes, because she had to attend extra classes in Biology.

“My daughter was accused of being too lazy to study (the Quran) and of having disturbances from jinns. So they told her to come for the ruqyah session. It’s simply unbelievable,” said the parent who wanted to remain anonymous.

She said the teacher had insisted that her daughter attend the Quranic recitation classes, even after being told that the biology teacher had requested that she be excused.

“In the end, my daughter dropped the Biology subject when sitting for SPM last year,” she said.

Amir is also aware of the Quranic recitation class, saying it is subject to an additional school fee of RM200.

FMT has learnt from other parents that Talaqqi classes after school were made mandatory for students from Form 1 to Form 4.

“If they don’t go, they’ll get punished. If they fail the exam, they have to retake the exam,” he said, adding that students who skip class or fail their exams will be asked to memorise verses of the Quran.

Haiqal was surprised when his niece told him of “illogical rules” at her school, such as a requirement that female students wear long pants under their long skirts, as well as gloves and long-sleeved T-shirts during sports and games.

Haiqal said he was told by school authorities that the requirement was to avert male gazes on female students.

“We didn’t have rules like these last time when we were in school, but we were still able to take care of ourselves and dress well to school,” said Haiqal, whose niece is enrolled in an MRSM school in Perak.

Amir also questioned the version of Islam being taught in the school.

He said students were taught to question many traditional Malay-Muslim practices as being bid’ah, or innovations in religion.

“When they go home to their families, they would even accuse family members of committing bid’ah through their religious practices,” he said. “Is this what the school administrators call ‘blessing’?”

FMT is awaiting a response from the schools involved and the education ministry.

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It is an obvious lie and the fabrication used to spin.

This is the PTA of MRSMs (Muafakat) response:

KENYATAAN MEDIA

Kami merujuk kepada sebuah artikel bertajuk “Ritual Agama Berlebihan Jejas Prestasi Murid, Keluh Ibu Bapa” tulisan Nur Hasliza Mohd Salleh (FMT News / 21 Januari 2020).

Kami telah meneliti tulisan tersebut dan berikut adalah penjelasan kepada 4 Dakwaan terhadap MRSM seperti yang dinyatakan dalam tulisan tersebut. Penjelasan Kami dibuat tanpa prejudis, secara objektif, berlandaskan fakta dan pengetahuan Kami selaku Pemimpin Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru MRSM (Badan Pemuafakatan Pendidikan MARA Malaysia @MUAFAKAT), dan melalui pengalaman Kami sebagai Ibu Bapa MRSM (bahkan ada di kalangan Kami adalah bekas Pelajar MRSM juga).

Dakwaan Pertama:

MRSM dipetik sebagai terlalu mementingkan amalan-amalan agama yang menganggu pelajaran. Kegiatan-kegiatan itu memakan terlalu banyak masa dan tenaga sehingga Pelajar jadi letih dan lesu di kelas atau masa mengulangkaji pelajaran. Pelajar diminta menghadiri sesi wajib Solat Berjemaah, serta ritual tidak wajib seperti Solat Tahajud, Solat Hajat dan Tazkirah, di mana mereka perlu bangun seawal 3 pagi.

Sepanjang pengetahuan dan pengalaman Kami, Solat Berjemaah yang diwajibkan di MRSM hanyalah Solat Subuh, Solat Maghrib, Solat Isya’ sahaja. Manakala Tazkirah pula diadakan antara waktu selepas Solat Maghrib dan sebelum Solat Isya’ sahaja. Pengisian Tazkirah pula bukan sahaja berkisarkan kepada keagamaan bahkan juga sesi motivasi, penerangan dan dialog bersama Penceramah Jemputan (termasuk Ibu Bapa dan Pentadbir MRSM itu sendiri). Selepas Solat Isya’, Pelajar MRSM menghadiri kelas ulangkaji pelajaran (9 – 11 malam, menurut ketetetapan MRSM masing-masing). Solat Tahajud dan Solat Hajat pula bukanlah rutin harian Pelajar MRSM. Ianya tidak berlaku setiap hari, sebaliknya bergantung kepada keperluan spesifik MRSM tersebut terutama menjelang Peperiksaan Utama seperti PT3/IGCSE/SPM, dan lazimnya dibuat apabila keesokan harinya adalah hari Cuti Minggu. Kami percaya dalam melaksanakan keperluan Solat Tahajud dan Solat Hajat sebegini, MRSM masing~masing tetap akan mendahulukan kebajikan Pelajarnya. Bahkan terdapat Pelajar MRSM yang mengambil kesempatan mendirikan Solat Duha’, atas inisiatif sendiri, semasa waktu rehat pagi.

MRSM, sejak penubuhannya pada tahun 1972, adalah antara institusi pengajian menengah berasrama penuh yang tertua di Malaysia. MRSM merupakan satu bentuk “Amanah Rakyat”, yang bangkit di bawah Akta MARA 1966, dan dipertanggungjawabkan di bahunya untuk melahirkan generasi yang bukan sahaja cemerlang akademiknya, bahkan juga cemerlang kerohaniannya. Cemerlang Akademik hanya dapat membuka minda, manakala kecemerlangan kerohanian/spiritual dapat membuka hati kerana generasi MRSM yang mampan adalah generasi yang dapat mempertimbangkan baik buruk sesuatu perkara melalui panduan minda dan hati secara bersesama. MRSM telah melahirkan lebih daripada 200,000 Pelajar MRSM yang kini telah berjaya dalam kehidupan dan kerjaya masing-masing hasil daripada sistem MRSM sedia ada. Sehubungan itu, Kita semua seharusnya bersetuju dan menyokong kenyataan bahawa jikalau kecemerlangan akademik dipupuk melalui proses pengajaran dan pembelajaran, maka kecemerlangan kerohanian/spiritual pula dipupuk melalui Solat Berjemaah, Tazkirah, Solat Tahajud dan Solat Hajat. Ianya bukan sekadar ritual semata-mata, sebaliknya platfom untuk Tawakal setelah Berusaha dan Berdoa. Ini juga selari dengan Rukun Negara kita yang pertama iaitu Kepercayaan Kepada Tuhan.

Dakwaan Kedua:

MRSM dipetik sebagai obsesi terhadap kuasa ghaib sehinggakan seorang Pelajar Perempuannya diminta hadir ke sesi mengusir makhluk halus kerana dia tidak dapat menyertai kelas bacaan AlQuran kerana menghadiri kelas tambahan Biologi. Bahkan Pelajar Perempuan tersebut dituduh malas mengaji dan didakwa ada gangguan jin sehingga diruqyah Ustaz tersebut. Guru MRSM berkenaan tetap mahu Pelajar Perempuan tersebut menyertai kelas bacaan AlQuran, walaupun selepas Guru Biologi minta Pelajar Perempuan tersebut diberi pengecualian. Akhirnya, Pelajar tersebut telah menggugurkan subjek Biologi untuk SPM tahun 2019.

Sepanjang pengetahuan dan pengalaman Kami, perkara yang didakwa ini, sekiranya benar berlaku, adalah kejadian terpencil dan tidak mewakili semua MRSM. Setiap MRSM mempunyai MUAFAKAT selaku Badan yang mewakili Ibu Bapa dan Guru. Selaras dengan objektif penubuhannya, MUAFAKAT MRSM tersebut sememangnya bersedia pada setiap masa untuk mewakili Ibu Bapa atau Guru menyampaikan sebarang aduan. Sewajarnya perkara ini dibawa ke pengetahuan MUAFAKAT MRSM tersebut untuk remedi/pembetulan, dan tidak menunggu sehingga SPM telah tamat baru dibangkitkan perkara tersebut. Kami berpegang teguh kepada maxim bahawa tidak ada organisasi yang sempurna, dan penyelesaian kepada semua isu harus di meja perbincangan di mana MUAFAKAT akan bertindak sebagai Arbitrator. Mohon pihak yang mendakwa untuk tampil berbincang dengan pihak MUAFAKAT MRSM berkenaan supaya ada tindakan susulan.

Dakwaan Ketiga:

MRSM mengenakan bayaran tambahan RM 200 untuk Kelas Talaqqi yang didakwa wajib.

Sepanjang pengetahuan dan pengalaman Kami, Bahagian Pendidikan Menengah MARA selaku Penyelia MRSM Se Malaysia, tidak pernah mengeluarkan arahan pembayaran untuk Kelas Talaqqi/Mini Ulu Albab. Perkara yang didakwa ini, sekiranya benar berlaku, adalah kejadian terpencil dan tidak mewakili semua MRSM. Sekali lagi ditekankan bahawa setiap MRSM mempunyai MUAFAKAT selaku Badan yang mewakili Ibu Bapa dan Guru. Selaras dengan objektif penubuhannya, MUAFAKAT MRSM tersebut sememangnya bersedia pada setiap masa untuk mewakili Ibu Bapa atau Guru menyampaikan sebarang aduan. Sewajarnya perkara ini dibawa ke pengetahuan MUAFAKAT MRSM tersebut untuk remedi/pembetulan. Kami berpegang teguh kepada maxim bahawa tidak ada organisasi yang sempurna, dan penyelesaian kepada semua isu harus di meja perbincangan di mana MUAFAKAT akan bertindak sebagai Arbitrator.

Dakwaan Keempat:

MRSM mengenakan peraturan bahawa Pelajar Perempuan perlu memakai seluar panjang bawah kain baju kurung sekolah, kemeja T labuh ketika bersukan dan sarung tangan bagi mengelakkan Pelajar Lelaki melihat susuk tubuh Pelajar Perempuan.

Sepanjang pengetahuan dan pengalaman Kami, semua peraturan MRSM berkaitan cara berpakaian, kemasan rupa diri, hal ehwal disiplin dan sebagainya diterbitkan dalam Buku Perancangan Tahunan Pelajar. Cara berpakaian pula memadai memenuhi kesopanan dan kesusilaan. Maka tidak benar bahawa MRSM cuba berlebih-lebihan dan mengajar Pelajarnya cara untuk berpakaian bagi maksud kesopanan dan kesusilaan.

Semoga penjelasan Kami tersebut di atas yang dibuat tanpa prejudis, secara objektif, berlandaskan fakta dan pengetahuan Kami selaku Pemimpin Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru MRSM (Badan Pemuafakatan Pendidikan MARA Malaysia @MUAFAKAT), dan melalui pengalaman Kami sebagai Ibu Bapa MRSM dapat meneutralkan salahfaham dan kekeliruan yang timbul, dan menjernihkan kekeruhan yang melanda MRSM, yang terbit sama ada secara langsung atau tidak langsung daripada nukilan Wartawan tersebut di atas.

***+Kami boleh dihubungi melalui muafakatmaramalaysia@gmail.com (Untuk Perhatian: Dato’ Sayed Alfeizal bin Sayed Ahmad @Presiden, Badan Pemuafakatan Pendidikan MARA Malaysia) sekiranya penjelasan lanjut diperlukan untuk sebahagian atau keseluruhan kenyataan Kami tersebut di atas.

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Further investigation on the FMT story proven to be flawed.

Some parts of the report described, activities of an MRSM Ulul Albab. However, there is no such MRSM Ulul Albab in Johor or Melaka

As to wearing long pants and gloves for girls is something unheard of in MRSM.

If FMT is genuinely sincere in the story, it would be better for the report to name the school, so that proper investigations can be made.

As it is, it’ll remain “allegations” from one or two “helpless” person(s), which should be seen nothing less of a fabrication and attempt to spin and destroy the good name of the MRSM system.

The SOP in such cases is to get the Naziran & Inspectorate people go down to all the MRSMs in johor to get to the truth

Even Gerontocracy Prime Minister Who recently sacked the Minister of Education and assumed the role and responsibility lied about “now national schools are religious schools. Eg. Four periods daily they teach about Islam”.

The MRSM system was one of the early followthrough of then the newly instituted New Economic Policy, born from the need to have better socio-Political balance arisen from severe economic standing of different communities.

Then second Prime Minister Tun Hj Abdul Razak Hussein asked MARA to look into an experimental program so that under privileged children from the rural, taken away from the based into a boarding school which could quality education with special attention of math and science. The first MRSM enrolled it’s first experimental batch in 1972.

Then in 1979 after demonstrating several rounds of very good SPM/MCE results, MARA started to introduce pre-University matriculation in Science at MRSM.

MARA went on another step to introduce A Levels as a post SPM program at MRSM in 1985, which is 100% in English to cater for math, science, technology and humanities later in Universities in the United Kingdom.

MRSM Seremban’s pioneer A Levels program in 1987 received the global British Council award for the best centre outside United Kingdom.

There on, MARA infused a special tahfiz program at several MRSMs and call it MRSM Ulul Albab. The outcome of this project has been very favourable.

It is obvious there are quarters envious with all of these success stories and in their own skewed and sinister convoluted mind, starts to find ways to fiddle with it. Perhaps they have their own liberal interpretation how things should be, most likely bent towards their pro-western thought process.

Hence, the fabrication and skin.

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