Asatizah Recognition Scheme Tier 2
Be certified to teach the Quran & Islamic Religious Knowledge
ARS, formerly known as QTRS
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).
Quran Teachers Recognition Scheme (QTRS) was first 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 2009-2021 and supported by Darul Quran Singapore (DQS), Masjid Kampung Siglap as the secretariat to the scheme.
Selection Criteria for 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.
The Need for ARS
To provide the community with a listing of Quran teachers with the necessary qualification
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
Courses for Quran Teachers offered by Darul Quran Singapore (DQS)
Darul Quran Singapore (DQS) provides a platform for Quran teachers to upgrade their knowledge of the Quran through various courses. 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, DQS offers 2 specialised programs:
Specialised Certificate for Quran Teachers (SCQT)
Specialised Diploma for Quran Teachers (SDQT)
These programs are structured in such a way that graduates from SCQT are eligible to apply for ARS Tier 2 QT2 grade while graduates from SDQT are eligible to apply for ARS Tier 2 QT1 grade.
However, applicants must pass the ARS interview in order to be recognized under ARS.