LAST_UPDATESat, 21 Jul 2018 9pm

Tahfiz School Student Who Emerged Kedah State Math Olympiad Champ Silences Critics Of Religious Schools

Photo: Sinar HarianPhoto: Sinar Harian

Former information minister Zainudin Maidin recently stated that tahfiz school students possess no employable skills and lack balanced academic backgrounds.  A student from a tahfiz school in Kedah proved otherwise.

Muhammad Syamil Roslan, 17, from the Tahfiz Model UlulAlbab (TMUA) programme of Sekolah Kebangsaan Agama Kedah recently won the prestigious state-level Math Olympiad competition, beating 120 participants from 60 schools all over Kedah.

His father, Roslan Ghazali said he was grateful for his eldest son after his achievement, thus qualifying the Form Five student to represent Kedah in the National Math Olympiad.

“I am thankful to the school’s management and teachers for educating my son, hence honing his talent in the competition and enabling my son to win the prestigious competition.

“Syamil is a good and responsible son, in fact he always respects me and my wife, Shaflina Shabuddin. Syamil is also very disciplined whether if it’s at school or home,” the proud father told Sinar Harian.

In addition to being a school prefect, Syamil also excelled in multiple subjects such as Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Arabic language and Additional Mathematics.

As part of the TMUA programme, he had memorised the entire Quran when he was in Form Four.

The Math Olympiad is an annual competition which pits the country’s best pre-college students in solving difficult mathematical problems that are way more advanced than the standard mathematics taught in schools. Winners of the national level will represent Malaysia in the International Mathematical Olympiad.

Syamil’s exemplary achievement is a testament to tahfiz school’s ability to produce successful students. 

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of religious affairs Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa had also responded to the controversy, stating that the call to shut down the institution had no basis.

Rather than close them down, the focus should be on streamlining and modernising these schools, a point highlighted by Penang Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Youth chief Muhammad Shameer Mohamed Sulaiman.

“There should be improvements in terms of infrastructure and safety, with comfortable surroundings for the students besides changing in its syllabus to give it a fresh look. Closing them down is not an option,” he told NST that tahfiz school students even sit for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination and advance to tertiary level studies.

-- mD