While the Philippine government has been supporting private madaris or integrated Muslim schools for a decade ago, traditional madaris or Muslim religious schools are still left at the mercy of limited community support and foreign philanthropists leading to sustain perennial problems that hinder their growth and standardization. This study assessed the issues confronting the traditional madaris in the areas of administration and management, teachers, students, curriculum, community linkages, financial resources, and physical facilities, how the madaris are responsive to these issues, and identified the level of priority of intervention programs. Using a mixed-method design, it gathered data from all teachers and administrators of five big madaris in Cotabato City as well as madrasah experts. Results showed that the madaris are generally perceived to be engrossed with a major problem on financial resources while minor problems in other areas, the madaris are taking sufficient steps to address the perennial challenges, and all the needed interventional programs for a more functional school are needed to be put in place to address both minor and major problems. Moreover, the analysis pointed to the need for government intervention and support to the traditional madaris implying the development of comprehensive development program to be spearheaded by the Bangsamoro government granted with exclusive power to education and strengthening madrasah education.
Maripaz Abas, Cotabato State University, Philippines
Ombra Imam, Cotabato State University, Philippines