Education minister cans ‘interfaith understanding’ subject for public schools

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Source: The Malay Mail Online

Mahdzir said that students in public schools are already learning about the country’s diverse religions through a variety of subjects. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Mahdzir said that students in public schools are already learning about the country’s diverse religions through a variety of subjects. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 9 — The Education Ministry does not need to introduce a new subject specifically to promote “interfaith understanding”, its minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said today.

He added that students in public schools are already learning about the country’s diverse religions through a variety of subjects, in response to calls from another government that proposed the idea in a bid to improve interfaith ties amid reports of fraying ties in recent years.

“I think we have enough [of it being taught in schools], with the teaching of the Rukun Negara, civics classes, Moral, and Islamic studies for Muslims,” he told reporters after launching the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 Annual Report 2015 here.

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