Diniyah Schools Become Partners

Kompas, page 12

Minister of Education and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy, before giving directives to the heads of the education agencies throughout Central Java in Banjarnegara, Central Java, Friday (16/6) afternoon, stated that the policy of extending the school hours to 8 hours will not kill existing madrasah diniyah.  The managers of madrasah diniyah need not worry about the five-day school policy. Madrasah diniyah and Alquran Education Parks (TPA) will actually be set as partners in the implementation of the 8 hour learning policy.

Muhadjir said that the madrasah diniyah is a non-formal Islamic educational institution that is usually conducted in the afternoons. Students of madrasah diniyah are usually also public school students. Muhadjir stated that the 8 hours of study does not mean that students should stay in school for 8 hours a day. Therefore, schools can work together with other institutions, including madrasah diniyah, to meet the terms of eight hours study.

According to Muhadjir, if there are students who study in formal schools and in the afternoons they study in madrasah diniyah, it is in compliance with the provisions about 8 hours study. Therefore, the madrasah diniyah operators need not worry with the issuance of Permendikbud Number 23 of 2017. He added that in the future, cooperation between schools and madrasah diniyahs could be formalized. That way, study results in madrasah diniyahs can be recognized or converted as religious lessons in public schools.

Muhadjir said that if school and madrasah diniyah collaboration can be realized, the ustaz or madrasah diniyah teachers can obtain honorarium from school operational assistance funds (BOS). The Kemdikbud team is currently coordinating with the Ministry of Religious Affairs related to the cooperation. This year, the five-day school policy will be implemented in 9,300 schools in 11 regencies/cities.

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