24 May 2010

Dhivehi And Islam. YES or NO???



With the news of the idea of government to make study of Dhivehi language and Islamic studies as optional in A Level, many started asking questions about this. A lot of people questioned the aim of the sudden change in policy and more importantly the outcomes that could arise. Today, there are argument that are in favour and otherwise to this new development. The opposition, of course rejected this idea all at once. Let me share my thinking on this.

Well, before this, let me tell you the Maldivian National Philosophy of Education.
"EACH CHILD WHO COMPLETES FORMAL SCHOOLING SHALL POSSESS THE PHYSICAL, INTELLECTUAL, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SKILLS NEEDED FOR HIS/HER WELL BEING IN THE MUSLIM, MALDIVIAN SOCIETY AND SHALL POSSESS THE SKILLS TO FUNCTION AS A CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF HIS/HER FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY. "

It is in accordance with this philosophy that the curriculum, subjects contents and all should go. In simple terms this is cast that is made to be used in shaping the children of Maldives. This is the case with every country and the philosophy of education of every country is different.

Now the question is about making Dhivehi and Islam optional in Advanced Level. (grade 11 and 12)


YES

Advanced Level is the higher secondary level. This is the level at which students decide not on their identity but on their carrier. By this time if the education system fails to give the identity they should be given, its not their fault for them to be forced to study two subjects for 2 more years. Let the students concentrate on their carrier path and build the identity well in advance.

The fact is it is few students among the O level students who join A level. Majority leaves the education from O level. If then, why push the A Levels? Make the necessary changes to curriculum, books, teaching methodologies of O Level and give them the identity. Say 8000 students do O level and 2000 do A level, and what sense does it make to try to give religious and mother tongue knowledge to the 2000? Reality is that we try to teach everything about Islam in Islam period and everything about Nation and language in Dhivehi period, thus we end up been unable to teach anything well.

Moreover, today SSC and HSC both are certified at the same level though for the name sake it one is higher. When it comes to public, the reason why people say it should be compulsory is that O level is not enough. If then it should be O level syllabus that needs to be corrected.


NO
Language and Islam are very fundamental subjects that every single Maldivian should study. It is mainly these two subjects that brings the identity to the students. The identity that they are Maldivians and that they are Muslims and they they have to act accordingly. Today one reason we see our new generations very strange to Maldivian and religious ways and things is because we fail to bring that identity to students. It is due to that reason we see that today's youth loves and copy the way and style of others and try to imitate them rather than having a lifestyle that fits to the norms and customs of our own country.

Moreover, today, as we look at the countries which have successful stories in making good generation of citizens and progress in development, we see that these two pillars of religion and mother tongue are given a very high priority. The best and most well known example is Malaysia where they make sure they students learn mother tongue and religion even at university level. This is the case with most of the Arab countries too. And this has proved very successful.

One fact that we need to accept is that enough of religious and mother tongue knowledge is not delivered when a student finished Ordinary Level studies. In this case it will not be wise to make the two subjects optional when it has been done and proved working ever since started.

Looking at public, most of them do not want this happen. At least one experienced person who worked in education sector and now in political arena told me that he is aware of many school heads and other who rejects this idea. Surely there are many who don't like the idea. Maybe in democracy it has to be considered too.

What I think.
I switch to the optional will be fine when there is the environment for that. Just like what happened when people got freedom of speech all of a sudden without them knowing its power and influence, the options if given could be very much misused. As hurry makes curry we at least need to stop a while and get equipped by making necessary changes to our SSC and then bring the change if at all it is important. For me, for now, I say NO. Keep it compulsory.

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12 comments:

  1. Education should not only be thought of as a career path . It is food for anyones spiritual nd cognitive mind and aids descsions that improve physical well-being as well. if it is only for choosing a career why do so many people who chose to be so-called-"housewives" study?
    Islam is and dhivehi are two sides of maldivians like the two sides of a coin. We need them as much whether whatever career path we choose whether we opt to saty at home or go for other work.
    Language is needed in everyday transactions and communication and delaings. Those who are better equipped in language skills survive better in this competitive world. Those who don't mostly succucmb to the aggressors and unfair dealings. Those who do can fight for their rights and reason their way out from misundertandings and misdealings and mistreatments. you opted to choose a career path which needed both of these as proficent as u can get . For quality lessons u need language whether u are a tecahing dhivehi or English. I think u neeed to know the fundamentals of Dhivehi, its origins etc for qulaity discussions and comparisons between English and Dhivehi. And u need to know as much as u can about islam because you chose to EDUCATE children who happen to be MUSLIMS. in any subject or dealing you tecah or do u have to base it on islam. ISLAM is not only a subject but it hould be our WAY OF LIFE. and being a muslim its our DUTY to be an ambessedor of Islam.

    resercah shows that parenst who have qulaity discussions with good communication skills have better chance of raising intelligent kids. wouldn't those 2 years benefit us for our language improvemnet? If u say that its not a quality syllabus now, it can be changed for the better.

    Moreover, one's proficiency in ones first language improves the seond language competence. in our case English proficiency is needed for this CAREER path that we are trying to IMPROVE by having islam and Dhivehi as optionals.

    having those 2 years of islam would atleast have counted towards the rewards towards Jannah. How many of us would have taken the Qur'an to study those Surahs if it wern't for the compulsory islam test?

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  2. faripari, what ure saying is bullshit? u dont have the slightest idea of what ure talking about all, simpl text book motivations. No idea about what the situation is now with the students. so dont crap.

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  3. I agree with annonymous! I even asked some dudes at CHSE, they said that there is no one in CHSE who wants to study these two subjects.

    Firsly we need to know what craps are being teached to us in these both subjects. Its not dhivehi language that most students hates but the dhivehi exams. Even if they take or not take these two subjects the results are obvious. In islam periods most are asleep , yawning , or are in fantasy world ! LOL! So its same as not teaching islam language! Its not the islam religion that most students dont want to study but the islam Subject.

    Dhivehi subject marking and stuffs are too strict making students hate that subject. Islam there are too many to by-heart and if answers are not same as as in the book then marks is deducted. making students hate the "SUBJECT" Cambridge markings are lenient and cool! :D LOL! :D

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  5. Why do so many of us Maldivians hate Islam so much...???

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  6. In my opinion its OK to make Dhivehi optional in A/L. However I think Islam should keep as a compulsory subject. So the question is why I am for opting Dhivehi as an optional subject its very fundamental yet unarguable reason. Maldives is the country depends on tourism which is a service industry. Effective Communication is the essence of service industry. Although not every Maldivian works in the hotel sector, indirectly majority of the people are involved. Be it a person operating a boutique shop in the island. So, we must ensure that every Maldivian who completes primary and secondary eduction should be able to communication well. And another simple fact is we are in 21st century. Information technology and modern education system is fully based on English language. if we're not consider these basic facts, our future will not be very bright. One might think Japan and China did not adopt language strategy to come-up up to where they are now. But do you know how many millions of dollars both countries are spending just to teach english??? And how about Singapore... Before British leave Singapore they jokingly said "We don't see any economic and social advancement in singapore, as island and population is so small. Yet we can't bring service industry to this country as they are not able to communicate out siders other than their native language". Nonetheless, after 1973, Dr.Goh Keng Swee the defense minister found out "Hokkian Solders"- solders who can command Hokkian only, realized the needs of changing education system. He was also a Finance minister and economist who brought the foreign investors to Singapore. And finally he proved that British was wrong. My whole point is if a country is relatively small with no natural resources and depended on foreigners (be it investors or tourist) is to learn their language.

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  7. Our country is leading to a secular system of government. Government is trying to implement this hidden agenda gradually as they know that this is very sensitive. this is beginning. As Islam & Dhivehi Language are the important part of our life and the two pillars of the nation, we should not ignore them in any stage of our education system. On the other hand, developing is not only materialistic but spiritual too. we have to balance these two sides.
    Therefore learning Dhivehi Language and Islamic studies must be compulsory in every stages of our education system.

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  8. i believe that it's ok to make those two subjects optional..they don hold much importance to higher education n wat is taught in a'level islam can b learnt thru scholarly articles, speeches n thru peers too...and about dhiv..watz da difference btwn a'level dhiv n o'level dhiv?..the same thing being taught n used...except for a boring story...i go with 'yes'...

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  9. i think making both islam and dhivehi optional in AL is a very good idea. Maybe its time that students should be given the opportunity to learn what they want and what they dont want. every is not going to become writers and therefor dhivehi should be optional in higher education and islam should not even be a subject... islam should come as a major lesson in history. making history compulsory is a better idea then making islam a compulsory subject. people need to know about history of all religions... you cant just take the part you want to feed everyone and destroy the rest as if it does not exist... religious history actually plays a bigger part of evolving spirituality than teaching about islam only. maybe its time they should know that at those time all religion were cults!

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  10. not optinal every one should learn both islam and dhivehi in grade 11 and 12 too it should be compulsory i mean look at how the citizens the next generaton kids or whatever u call them they are so shamless and always trying to be some british or american person or some dumb celebrity so our religion is really important and i beleive we don't have enough time in one session to teach all the stuff in islam and dhivehi but still we are getting some information some knowledge and history is so lame history is for christians anyway they are the cults with lame rules that doesn't make sense and dhivehi is our language obviously we have to study that even if it is boring and besides when we get older we will have no time to learn them later islam especially we will be wayy to independent . we don't need to learn other cultures or other religions cuz all of us have some basic idea of what the heck those religions are anyway we should learn how to defend our religion islam and that can be done by studying about islam i don't care what the heck those CHSE people think if they can learn other subjects it's obvious they should be able to learn these 2 subjects they are not much

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  11. not optinal every one should learn both islam and dhivehi in grade 11 and 12 too it should be compulsory i mean look at how the citizens the next generaton kids or whatever u call them they are so shamless and always trying to be some british or american person or some dumb celebrity so our religion is really important and i beleive we don't have enough time in one session to teach all the stuff in islam and dhivehi but still we are getting some information some knowledge and history is so lame history is for christians anyway they are the cults with lame rules that doesn't make sense and dhivehi is our language obviously we have to study that even if it is boring and besides when we get older we will have no time to learn them later islam especially we will be wayy to independent . we don't need to learn other cultures or other religions cuz all of us have some basic idea of what the heck those religions are anyway we should learn how to defend our religion islam and that can be done by studying about islam i don't care what the heck those CHSE people think if they can learn other subjects it's obvious they should be able to learn these 2 subjects they are not much

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  12. I'd say that students should LEARN ISLAM and DHIVEHI.
    It's very important since we're Muslim and Maldivians right?
    I myself am a student who's doing O'level this year.
    And seriously!! :P
    Those subjects are a piece of pie.. SO freaking EASY!!

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