It’s funny when you hear people saying that madrasah students will eventually become religious teachers or even become jobless. The reality is somewhat different. Most madrasah graduates today are professionals in so many different fields. Many are graduates of top universities locally and globally, specializing in fields within the sciences and humanities. Their parents are in high positions in diverse sectors of the Singaporean economy (just for the record: my two daughters are in two different madrasahs).
So the next time you encounter a madrasah student, do ask the kid in tudung or songkok what he/she wants to be someday. You will be surprised that their dreams are no different from any ordinary student in secular schools. Let’s keep our minds open and our biases closed.
Source: Khairudin Aljunied