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Officials in Gowa administration may lose jobs for inability to read Quran

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 2, 2020   /   07:45 am
Officials in Gowa administration may lose jobs for inability to read Quran A group of men recite the Quran during Ramadan at the Istiqlal Grand Mosque in Central Jakarta in June 2018. (The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama )

A number of high-ranking officials within the administrative area of Gowa regency, South Sulawesi, are on  the brink of losing their jobs for their inability to read the Quran fluently.  

Gowa regent Adnan Purichta Ichsan said he gave the officials six months to improve their Quran reading skills, or else they would be removed from their positions.

“It’s based on an agreement they have already signed,” Adnan said as quoted by tribunnews.com on Monday.

Fourteen of the 76 newly appointed high-ranking officials in the administration, who are Muslims, failed the Quran reading test.

The test was organized exclusively by the Gowa administration as a part of its open recruitment process for high-ranking officials.

“The ability to fluently read the Quran is one of the criteria for high ranking positions in the Gowa administration,” said Muh Basir, the administration's human resource division head, on Sunday. (vny)