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Indonesian ulema again demand Catholic schools teach Islam
In Klanten, Central Java, the MUI reignites the controversy over the fact that Islam is not taught in Catholic schools, a serious violation for the local head of the Islamist organisation. Last year, the same dispute broke out in Blitar and Tegal, subsiding eventually after Muslim parents defended the schools their children attended because of the quality of their teaching.
Record failure rate in national high school exam, Catholic schools buck the trend
Everyone at the Saint John’s Catholic School passed the exam. Their success is the exception to the rule in Indonesia’s school system, which has reached a new low in terms of exam failures. For the Education minister, the lower-than-expected success rate is due to tighter controls to prevent cheating; for the teachers’ federation, the results are the consequence of a failing education system.
Two nationalised schools handed back to the Catholic Church
Islamic teachers and groups threaten nation-wide demonstrations. Some consider the decision illegal, calling it an atrocity.
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East Java: six Catholic schools could be shut down for not teaching Islam
The authorities threaten to close the schools by 19 January. Until now Christian schools have never been required to offer courses and seminars on the Qur'an. Given the sensitive nature of the matter, school administrators are not making any public statement.
Central Java: fatwa against Catholic schools, "forbidden" to Muslims
In a "controversial" statement, the local Ulema Council in Tegal said that such schools are haram, "morally unsound." Politics and local authorities have fuelled the controversy for electoral advantage. However, the families of Muslim students have defended the schools, claiming the right to free choice in matters of education.
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