Madrasahs Benefitted from Disbursements of Zakat in Last 5 Years
Monday, 13 August 2012
SINGAPORE - The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) has in the last five years allocated an average sum of S$3.3 million per year from Zakat for madrasah development.
In addition, all six madrasahs have also received a total of S$5.18 million in the last five years in direct funding from the Madrasah Fund.
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs, gave an update on the disbursements of zakat collection. This was a written answer to a parliamentary question by MP for Aljunied GRC Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap.
The Madrasah Fund is primarily used for student and teacher development which are the key areas to improve the overall quality of madrasah education in Singapore.
Dr Yaacob added that since 2003, a total of S$2.6 million from the Zakat fund has been used for fully-sponsored professional training for madrasah teachers, heads of department and principals.
To date, 73 teachers have obtained their Diploma in Education qualification and another 76 teachers have graduated from the Specialist Diploma Programme at the National Institute of Education (NIE).
By the end of 2012, 84 per cent of madrasah teachers would have been professionally trained.
Since 2010, MUIS has tapped on its Progress Fund to give financial support to needy students. In 2011, 269 students have benefitted from the Madrasah Financial Assistance Scheme.
Source: TODAY online, mediacorp