The applicants comprising eight male and eight female students from ITQSHHB are currently in the Lower Sixth form and received their Religious Education Certificate last year. The interview session was held at the institute's library in Jalan Tutong. Selected students will spend three years in Kuala Lumpur, taking a diploma course in Tahfiz Al-Quran Wal-Qiraat.
This marks the third intake of Bruneian students for the course. The students said that they were looking forward to study in Malaysia. "We hope to continue our studies at Darul Quran Jakim and to further our education, doing another three-year degree course at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo," one of them said.
The students entered ITQSHHB six years ago after passing their Primary Certificate of Education exams with flying colours. Aside from attending classes at the secondary level, they were required to memorise the Quran, which some of them managed to do after only a few years at the institute.