Deputy Minister stresses education for Muslims ABDULWAKIL SAIBOKO, 1st March 2009 @ 09:52 Deputy Minister for Education and Vocational Training Ms Mwantumu Mahiza has urged Muslim parents to ensure that their children acquired not only religious but also secular education to enable them cope in the globalised world. Speaking at the Ridhwaa Seminary Secondary Schools 8th Form Six graduation ceremony over the weekend, Ms Mahiza said that attitude among some believers that religious education was enough, has made some Muslims remain poor for decades. There is no chapter or verse in the Holy Quran which states that whoever spends much of his or her time reading Quran and praying in the mosques will become rich, she said. Ms Mahiza said that the better life for all Tanzanians provided in the CCM 2005 election manifesto could not be realised by those who rely on religious education since it will not help them to effectively tackle the challenges to better their life. She advised the graduates to stay focused, work hard and go for further study in order to succeed in life. In another development, Ms Mahiza condemned poor performance by most of Muslim schools saying that the situation was largely caused by poor concentration of teachers most of which she said teach in more than one school. This business of teaching about three schools is making you lose concentration for lust of money. This results in poor performance by the children, she said. Earlier, the Schools Headmaster, Mr Kaige Kaige, said that in the past few years the school performance in both O Level and A Level had improved and that the school management was working hard to make it one of the best schools in the country. 75 students graduated.