Cairo - Sheikh Jaber Tayi, head of the religious sector at Ministry of Religious Endowments and Affairs (Awqaf), warned Egyptian citizens against sending their children to unidentified Kuttabs which are outside of the direct supervision and control of the Ministries of Social Solidarity and Awqaf in conjunction with Al-Azhar.
A kuttab is a traditional, informal Islamic elementary school frequently attached to a mosque where children are instructed on the holy Qur’an.
This warning came on Saturday during a phone call with "al-Hayyat al-Youm" program aired on the ‘al-Hayyat’ TV channel. Sheikh Tayi stated that while Al-Azhar, the oldest and largest Sunni seat of Islamic learning, administers some ‘Qur’an Memorization Centers’, Kuttabs, the Ministry of al-Awqaf also administers other Centers across Egypt.
Sheikh Tayi pointed out that there is a cooperation protocol established between the Ministries of Social Solidarity and al-Awqaf hereby the former has sent to the latter a list of instructors’ and students’ names who teach and study at those Kuttabs. He added that: “All our Qur’an instructors have been certified and licensed based on qualifying tests run by Ministry of al-Awqaf, and they hold IDs issued by al-Awqaf, indicating their qualifications.”