Response to parliamentary question on Muis’s plan to ensure sufficient supply of certified asatizah
The mandatory Asatizah Recognition Scheme (ARS) was implemented in 2017 to develop a capable, credible and confident pool of religious teachers (asatizah) for the Singapore Muslim community. The ARS has two tiers, T1 - Islamic Teacher (Graduates) and T2 - Quranic Teacher.
2. Based on Muis’ Asatizah Manpower Planning Studies (AMPS) conducted in 2021, about 350 new asatizah would be required over the next 5 years, or around 70 new asatizah per year. Currently, there are about 5,000 asatizah operating in the religious sector, serving our religious institutions such as mosques, madrasahs and private Islamic Education Centres and Providers (IECP). Based on projections in the AMPS and the number of Islamic Studies graduates returning annually, there will be sufficient asatizah to meet the community’s current and future religious needs. There are currently over 600 students known to Muis that are undergoing degree programmes related to Islam or Islamic Studies, but not all of them will go on to be religious teachers.
3. To ensure that the religious sector remains vibrant and able to attract, as well as retain, religious teachers, Muis embarked on the Asatizah Workforce Development Plan (AWDP) in 2019. The AWDP aims to develop the asatizah workforce structurally through the adoption of industry good practices such as the Career and Competency Framework (CCF) and Common Salary Guideline (CSG), as well as the development of upskilling programmes such as the Skills Upgrading Plan (SUP) and the Religious Leadership and Talent Development programme (RLTD).