BANDUNG - Ajengan Masuk Sekolah (AMS) Program, which was rolled out by the West Java Provincial Government, will begin to be implemented in high schools / vocational schools in the new 2019 school year. At present the West Java Provincial Government continues to finalize the regulations relating to the technical implementation.
Met after chairing a meeting related to AMS with the heads of the West Java Regency / City Ulema Council (MUI), West Java Deputy Governor Uu Ruzhanul Ulum said, the legal umbrella for AMS programs already included including the budget in the 2019 West Java pure regional budget.
"AMS must enter and start in the new school year 2019. Now we continue to prepare it, Alhamdulillah the legal umbrella already exists, then the Alhamdulillah budget has also been allocated in the 2019 pure regional budget, it remains technical" said Uu at his official residence on Monday (04/02 / 2019).
Uu said, a similar program had been implemented in Tasikmalaya Regency when he was regent and successful. But this time, the context of West Java must be studied more deeply because of the large number of students and schools with different characteristics. It will also accommodate students who are non-Muslim.
"Even though this has been done in Tasikmalaya, but now the context is broader and heterogeneous societies, including non-Muslims, must also be accommodated and we are also discussing it," he said.
For the initial stage, in its implementation ajengan or clerics will teach directly to students. But it is also possible to collaborate with Islamic Education (PAI) teachers.
"Later, if the religious teacher is able, why don't we collaborate with PAI teachers at school," he said.
The material provided in the AMS program is not just a religious lecture but will be the same as the curriculum applied in boarding schools.
"We want to give lessons not only with speeches but technically like ajengan in pesantren, so the curriculum also has yellow books and others so they know," Uu explained.
Regarding the program that will be involved in the program, Uu submitted it entirely to the MUI. What is certain is Ajengan does not have to have a high level of education but has the capability and experience in boarding schools. In addition, Ajengan will also be prioritized for those who live close to the school.
"Ajengan or the kyai should not be seen as having an experience as long as they are experienced and they are legalized by the MUI, so the one who has the right to appoint his assistant is MUI," he said.
One of the objectives of the AMS program is to ward off vulnerable radicalism among adolescents and eliminate child decadence or moral deterioration.
"God willing, with an intense religious education can be improved. Indeed, there is already religious education in schools, but clearly it will not collide with the existing curriculum," he said.
Chairman of the West Java MUI Rahmat Syafei welcomed the implementation of the AMS program in schools. But it needs the support and commitment of all parties. Because this concerns moral character education and increases the depth of religion.
"The background of the Deputy Governor said that do not let religious teachings deviate like radicalism, therefore the MUI welcomes because radicalism in the name of religion is very contradictory," Rahmat said.
Regarding the number of ajengan that will be involved at this time it is still not yet determined but will be adjusted to the number of schools and budgets.
"The amount depends on how it is adjusted but currently it has not been determined according to needs because this is also related to the budget," he said.
According to him, the meaning of ajengan is people who understand religion, fluent the Qur'an and spread the value of religion.