• As peace dawns in ARMM, DepEd extends aid to Islamic schools

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    COTABATO CITY: As peace dawns in the Muslim Mindanao region, the Department of Education (DepEd) will extend financial assistance to more than 80 madaris or Islamic schools in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao(ARMM), officials said Tuesday.

    Alzad Sattar, DepEd-ARMM’s undersecretary for madaris education, said the agency has earmarked Php 5,000 financial support for every madrasah student.

    The fund, he said, would be used to support infrastructure improvement of madaris and the salaries of their instructors.

    “We like to help Madaris operating in the region keep up with the education standard we want to establish in ARMM,” Sattar told reporters.

    He said most of the madaris face financial difficulty.

    “Pilot madaris should be at par with other private educational institutions, if not today, maybe in the near future. Once we achieve quality management and quality education, we will produce quality leaders who can lead the Bangsamoro,” said Sattar.

    He also said the program aims to prepare the madaris ahead of the upcoming new Bangsamoro political entity as a result of the government peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in southern Philippines.

    A madrasah must have a permit to operate from the DepEd and follow the prescribed basic education curriculum to qualify for the financial assistance, he said.

    The curriculum is the combination of Islamic studies and Arabic Language (ISAL) with core madrasah subjects like Qur’an, Aqeedah (Theology) and Fiqh (Jurisprudence), Seerah (Prophet’s Biography) and Hadith (Prophetic Traditions) and the Revised Basic Education Curriculum such as English, Science, Math, Filipino and Makabayan (Social Studies).

    Pilot madaris in ARMM have recently adopted the Standard Madrasah Curriculum or known as Refined Enhancement Madrasah Curriculum. PNA

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