Muslim students in the country need to have sufficient knowledge and understanding of Islam. Obtaining knowledge from uncertain sources is worrying and should be avoided. Therefore, the Compulsory Religious Education System is vital for children aged 7 and above. With a strong level of knowledge, students will not be easily tainted with unfounded information related to the religion. This was stated by Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Othman, the Minister of Religious Affairs in an interview with RTB on the sidelines of a working visit to the Pengiran Anak Puteri Majeedah Nurul Bolqiah religious school in Kampung Kilanas, yesterday.
Yang Berhormat Pehin said that looking at the religious education system including the national education system, it is not a complement for the teachings of parents but is a part of it. The children while in general schooling at the same time they are studying in religious schools. Therefore it is compulsory for them to equip themselves with individual obligations according to Islam which will increase and be enhanced while they grow into adulthood. Their understanding of Islam and its teachings should be learned systematically and not be picked up through any sources that have been made viral, which in itself is a worrisome matter. Yang Berhormat Pehin added that it is not wrong to do as such but only if the recipient already has sufficient knowledge. Such knowledge is taught in schools, therefore the understanding and practise of Islam in the country is according to what have been taught in schools. This is to avoid from following deviant teachings or understandings that go against Islam. This is what Brunei Darussalam has strived to do with the formal teaching of religious subjects, under the guidance of qualified teachers and organised education system.
Source: Radio Television Brunei