THE Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday reassured the Department of National Defense (DND) that no student will be recruited by local and international terrorist groups.
Lawyer Alberto Muyot, DepEd undersecretary for legal and legislative affairs, noted that they will closely monitor schools, particularly madaris or Muslim schools, to ensure that students will not be recruited and indoctrinated by terrorist groups.
“Those concerns that our Muslim schools are being used by terrorist groups, we have a Madrasah curriculum, which teaches the true values of Islam and also discourages students to embrace violent extremism,” Muyot said in an interview with The Manila Times.
“The Madrasah schools are schools in the Muslim areas, so they’re implementing their own curriculum, but they should be regulated and recognized by the DepEd,” he added.
The DND earlier called on the Education department to strictly supervise schools to ensure that students will not be recruited by terrorist groups.
The Defense department made the call over reports that some Muslim schools are being used by terrorist groups as vehicles to legitimize the entry of their members into the country.
Just recently, Turkish Ambassador Esra Cankorur claimed that Turkish terrorists have already entered the Philippines.
NEIL A. ALCOBER