‘Education’ key to success in the temporal world, and in final world – Iqbal

COTABATO CITY – “We know that education is the key to everything. The key to success in the temporal world, and the key to success in the final world or hereafter,” Mohagher Iqbal, Minister of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE), BARMM said during the inauguration of Konya Social Educational Center at the Jamiat Cotabato, Barangay Datu Balabaran, Cotabato City on May 11, 2019.

The center is a donation of the Turkish people, who has been providing funds for various infrastructures, and other projects to the Bangsamoro People. 

“Education is the top most priority of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM),” said Iqbal. 

The minister said the three most priorities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao as contained in the Bangsamoro Organic Law are as follows, Education, Social Services, and Health Services.

60% of the employees of the ARMM or BARMM are in the ministry of education, or equivalent to 26,000 employees, as such the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education is a super ministry as far as the ARMM or BARMM is concerned. 

“But the problem is the ministry of education is a super ministry but I am not a superman… The ministry is like a “Lego toys” spread in the ground which need to be assembled in order to make it one, and if we have no patient it is hard to reassemble it”, Iqbal said. 

“Naludipan anami anya upisina ka upama ka 60% e kadakel na empleyado, na mapakay bun a edtalun sa kanu 60% a problema nu ARMM or BARMM na namba natago,” Iqbal said in the vernacular. (60% employees of BARMM are in the MBHTE and it can be said that of that figures, the 60 of problem in the BARMM are in the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education.) 

Iqbal said “The marching order of the Interim Chief Minister (Ahod Ebrahim) to me as minister for MBHTE he said, and I quote ‘If it is true that there are ghost teachers, there are ghost school buildings, there are ghost students then bust all those ghosts including the flying ghosts’.

“The moment we assume our responsibility the Minister for Basic, Higher and Technical Education, one of the priority policies under my administration is to put moral sense and direction in the ministry,” said Iqbal. 

“Without saying, this is in consonance with the policy guidelines of iCM that if we are going to establish a moral governance,” Iqbal underscored. 

The minister has delivered significant accomplishments within 2-months through arduous work, and these are the reshuffling of school’s division superintendent. 

“This is the first time that the superintendents are reshuffled,” Iqbal stressed. 

There are more than 1,300 provisional teachers in BARMM, 17 in Sulu were presented to Iqbal for approval. 

And in that case, the minister asked for the opinion from his lawyer, and his lawyer said “there is law on it”; Iqbal asked again “is there budget for it?” The accountant replied “there is allocated budget for it.” 

Upon knowing all those concerns, Iqbal said that this is entrusted by the people in the minister as long as it will not violate the law, there is money, they approved the 97 probationary teachers who will to become permanent teachers now. 

Among other accomplishments of the minister with the help of his team is the concluded Palarong Pambansa 2019 which the BARMM garnered gold and silver medals for the first time in history.

“For 17 years, the ARMM had never won a gold medal and silver medal but for the first time that the BARMM athletes where able to garnered 3 gold medals, 10 silver medals, 6 bronze medals… and this is through, of course of our dedication and help of the Almighty,” Iqbal said.

Iqbal emphasized that education is a key to success here in the world and in the hereafter. He said that this is the first revelation to Prophet Mohammad PBUH in the Qur’an which is “Iqra/read”, meaning knowledge.

He said a community who have education is high is better than other villages with less education, like the Christian community who are most of its people are educated are par excellence compare to Moro community in terms of development and that of the Indigenous community. 

Iqbal said that individual must seek knowledge because education can big of help in the development of their own community. He promised everyone that he will help with utmost capacity that he has, for the education that is deemed important in the Bangsamoro region.