Alhamdulillah, we appreciate all the hard work put in by the Muslim teachers who put in time and effort with our children.
We have noted that many madrassahs have tried to import teaching methodologies from Muslim-majority countries, most often from the Indian sub-continent. These methodologies emphasise rote learning and verbalisation of written texts. There is relatively much less emphasis on understanding Islam as a living deen, on the transmission of values, and understanding Arabic as the language of the Quran and Islamic scholarship.
Although there may be good intentions behind these efforts to teach in madrassahs, it is clear that the current madrassah system could be fitter for purpose. There is little awareness of how to adapt the learning to the UK environment. Furthermore, there is little engagement with theories of education that Muslim children are being taught through in schooling. Finally, there is the issue of adequate support and development of Madrassah teachers who are given the responsibility of instructing our children.