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Title: The reform agenda for madrasah education in Singapore
Authors: Tan, Charlene H. P. (Charlene Hwee Phio)
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Tan, C. (2009). The reform agenda for madrasah education in Singapore. Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education: Studies of Migration, Integration, Equity, and Cultural Survival, 3(2), 67-80. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15595690902762068
Abstract: As governments in many countries review their education systems to optimise their human capital in an age of globalisation, religious schools such as madrasahs (Islamic or Muslim schools) have also come under state scrutiny. This paper examines the Singapore government’s reform agenda for madrasah education in the country. It argues that the Singapore government advocates a reformist Muslim view of madrasah education that emphasises the learning of academic subjects such as English, Mathematics and Sciences, and raising the academic standards of the madrasah so as to increase the economic prospects of madrasah graduates. To carry out its reform agenda, the government presented the ‘problem’ faced by madrasah students within an economic survival rhetoric. It then made tactical changes to ‘solve’ the ‘problem’ by relying on the Compulsory Education Act, providing generous state support to raise the academic standards of the madrasahs, and revamping the madrasah system.
Description: This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education: Studies of Migration, Integration, Equity, and Cultural Survival. The published version is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15595690902762068
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10497/17876
ISSN: 1559-5692 (print)
1559-5706 (online)
Other Identifiers: 10.1080/15595690902762068
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