BACKGROUND OF QTRS / ARS Tier 2
What is QTRS?
Quran Teachers Recognition Scheme (QTRS) was initiated in 2009 by the Asatizah Recognition Board (ARB) to recognise those who are qualified to teach Quranic lessons in Singapore and administered by Darul Quran Singapura. In forming the QTRS, MUIS through Asatizah Network Strategic Unit (ANSU) had 15 consultation sessions with the ARB, groups doing Quran recitation like Q7, Jamaatul Qura, Persatuan Guru-Guru Quran (PERGERAQ) and the secretariat. The recognition was given to the teachers based on their qualifications and experiences in the hope of encouraging those who teach the Quran to continue upgrading the quality of their teaching. Recognition of Quran teachers help to ensure that the community receives quality and correct Quranic knowledge.
Quran Teachers Selection Committee (QTSC)
A committee called the Quran Teachers Selection Committee (QTSC) was formed to provide overall directions, approve all nominations or applications, and oversee the professional conduct of all approved Quran teachers in the performance of their teachings to the community. The QTSC was chaired by Ustaz Mohamed Qusairy Bin Thaha, Head of Darul Quran Singapore from 2009-2016 and supported by Darul Quran Singapore (DQS), Masjid Kampung Siglap as the secretariat to the scheme.
What are the criteria for the selection of the QTSC Members?
The members of the Committee are chosen based on their academic qualifications and expertise, their present profession and past experiences and exposure in the fields of Quran that qualifies them to be part of QTSC.
Why the need to categorise Quran Teachers?
- To provide the community with a listing of Quran teachers with the necessary qualifications
- To structure the teachings of Quran to meet the needs of the community
- To ensure the continuous upgrade of the teachers’ knowledge and understanding of the Quran
ARS Tier 2
In line with the Mandatory ARS with effect from Jan 2017, QTRS has been integrated into the ARS system. The name ‘QTRS’ has been changed to ‘ARS Tier 2’ (for Quran Teachers)
For Quran Teachers already certified with the QTRS, their names has been included in the ARS Asatizah Directory under Tier 2 and can be accessed at this link: http://www.muis.gov.sg/ARS/Asatizah-Recognition-Scheme/What-constitutes-Islamic-teaching.html
For Quran Teachers who have both the QTRS and ARS certification, their name will only be shown in the Tier 1 category and not in Tier 2. However, they are still certified to teach as a Quran Teacher.
New application is to be made through ARS with a one-time registration fee of $10. The form can be downloaded from the ARS website. Once completed, the form, together with the applicant’s certificates, is to be submitted to the ARS Secretariat office personally, either via post or email. Further details can be obtained from the ARS website: http://www.muis.gov.sg/ARS/Applications/ARS-registration.html
More information can also be obtained from this link: http://www.muis.gov.sg/ARS/Asatizah-Recognition-Scheme/What-constitutes-Islamic-teaching.html
The ARB will assess all applications before issuing any recognition. Wherever necessary, Darul Quran Singapore will facilitate the interview sessions for Tier 2. The ARB may also recommend courses to unsuccessful applicants to undergo or upgrade their quality of Quran Teaching and qualify for the scheme.
Quran Teacher’s Training offered by Darul Quran Singapura
The Quran Teachers’ Training (QTT) is a platform for Quran teachers to upgrade their knowledge of the Quran through various courses offered by Darul Quran Singapore. This is to ensure that the Quran teachers are equipped with the various skills and sciences of the Quran thus value-adding their teaching capabilities.
Currently, Darul Quran Singapore (DQS) is offering 2 programmes under the QTT:
- Specialised Certificate for Quran Teachers (SCQT)
The graduates are eligible to apply for the ARS Tier 2, QT2 grade.
- Specialised Diploma for Quran Teachers (SDQT)
The graduates are eligible to apply for the ARS Tier 2, QT1 grade.
These programmes are structured so that once the Quran teachers have completed the programme, they are eligible to apply for the ARS Tier 2, or to upgrade to a higher category in Tier 2. More information on these 2 programmes can be found at this link: http://mks.org.sg/quran-teachers-training/
Last updated: 10th Apr 2017