Singapore Muslim leaders called for a scheme that endorses religious teachers to be made stricter, amid the spread of extremist ideology on the Internet that has led to the radicalisation of some Singaporeans.
religious teachers certified => parents will be more confident sending their children to madrasah, or Islamic religious schools
Currently, 80 per cent of asatizah are under ARS = certified 1,700 religious teachers.
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Association of Muslim Professionals chairman Abdul Hamid Abdullah said encouraging all asatizah to be certified will
“clearly signal, not just to the Muslim community, but to the rest of the communities in Singapore, that we are concerned about getting the right, credible people to teach religious teachings”.