BRUNEI: Compulsory Islamic Teaching in Schools

23 January 2024

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA, Borneo Bulletin, The Star

Brunei is a Muslim-majority nation under the rule of a dynastic sultan and Islamic law. Almost 80 percent of Bruneians are Sunni Muslims, and nearly all of the 9 percent who are Christians are ethnically Chinese. The government is the main persecutor of Christians.

On 1 November, Islamic religious teaching was officially integrated into the educational system of schools in Brunei. This requirement was issued due to a decree from the country’s sultan.

The newly mandated curriculum applies to all students from the second to fifth grades – whether they attend public or private school. It involves an hour of instruction each day, including the practice of Islamic prayers and the study of the Koran.

Christians in the country have requested prayer that their children will be effectively discipled at home and in the church, so their faith will continually strengthen and sustain them.

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