Religion Based Education Becomes Future Education Pattern

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Religion-based education is considered to be the future education pattern. The integration of science and pillars of education has an important role in the development of faith-based education.

Secretary General of Ministry of Religious Affairs (Kemenag) Nus Syam said, in Law Number 20 Year 2003, on the National Education System (Sisdiknas), all education institutions under Kemenag are faith-based.   He also welcomed ideas to developing faith-based education in education institutions under the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud).

Kemenag also coordinates Islamic universities such as the State Islamic University (UIN), the National Institute for Islamic Studies (IAIN), and the National Islamic Colleges (STAIN) to develop a paradigm of integrating religious knowledge with general knowledge.   In addition, other education pillars such as society/the community and parents must also synergize and contribute.

Former Rector of UIN Syarif Hidayatullah, Azyumardi Azra, said, the idea of faith-based education is a good idea and necessary. Universities such as public colleges should be given authority in religious education, religious departments, and faculties of Islamic religion.   This, he continued, is important for the development of Islamic scholarship.

Azyumardi added, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Kemristek-Dikti should be able to coordinate and help each other, not monopolizing fields of sciences such as religious science only in Islamic universities and general science only in public universities.   Faith-based education is considered necessary in all education institutions.   Dichotomous views and attitudes would only be detrimental to religious science and general science.

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