When my children were still at their before school-going age, my wife and I wondered where to send them for their primary education.
So long there was a balance of religious and academic education, we were not very fussy, and there were several choices. The obvious one was the national academic school in the area. Then there were also some private Islamic schools, such as the SERI ABIM and the SRI al-Amin. We also considered the many Tahfizs around.
… factors on curriculum, facilities, satisfaction climates, and school culture influence the parent to register their children to SRAI BBB.
Then a neighbor mentioned to us about an experimental single-session government school in the area that incorporated the academic AND the religious curriculum. There were only 10 of those schools in the entire state of Selangor.
Single session integrated school sounded very good to us, because it solved a lot of logistical problems. We didn’t have to register our children at two separate academic and religious schools. Imagine going to the morning academic session, for example. Then after that, students would have their lunch, change uniforms, and go religious school in the afternoon session. After a while, it could take a toll on all parties.
So this single-session school would certainly be a good thing to us. And to know that the school was under the Selangor State Religious Affairs Department, we felt that it was in good hands.
The neighbor also mentioned that the school’s enrollment required the passing of an entrance examination of some basic academic and religious subjects. We found that particular information to be quite motivational. We assumed that with selected students in the classrooms, the teachers, the teaching methods, the facilities, the management, and other aspects of the school would also be on par, to say the least.
The school was Sekolah Rendah Agama (Integrasi) Bandar Baru Bangi. The Bandar Baru Bangi (Integrated) Islamic Religious School or SRAI BBB.
So those were the simple reasons for us: an integrated public school that was single-session that required an entrance examination. What more could a parent ask for?
As simple as it sounded, there was actually a detail academic study that was done to find out the reasons why parents send their children to an integrated school, specifically SRAI BBB. It was done by one of the teachers there.
Shahril Anwar Bin Paimin, better known as Ustaz Shahril, was completing his Bachelor of Science with Education (Islamic Studies) at the Faculty of Education at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in December 2007. The study was his thesis report to complete the requirements for his First Degree program. It was called Faktor-Faktor Yang Mendorong Ibu Bapa Menghantar Anak Mereka Ke Sekolah Rendah Agama Integrasi: Satu Kajian Di Sekolah Rendah Agama Integrasi Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor. It was in Bahasa Malaysia, and was being published to the general public for the very first time, here in this blog, under the tab “Kenapa SRAI BBB.”
In the study, Ustaz Shahril concluded that parents chose SRAI BBB mainly for the curriculum, facilities, satisfaction climates, and school culture that came along with an integrated school.
This study was published with the hope that it might benefit those in need of an academic reference to the related subject matter.
This 16,000-plus-word document was given to me for publishing by Ustaz Shahril way back on April 05, 2008. But the sheer size of the document with 56 tables to be re-formatted to conform to this blog design was a real demotivator. 😀
After some procrastination and burning some midnight oil, it was finally done.