In Uganda, students wishing to study Islamic theology after graduation have to pass a standardized examination. This year, nearly a quarter of students who sat for the exam will not be able to pursue their interest in Islamic Studies.
701 students have failed lthe Islamic Primary Leaving Examinations (IPLE), registering 23.3 per cent of the total number of candidates who sat for the exams. This means that these will not join any Islamic theological institute this year.
According to the 2011 IPLE results released yesterday by the Islamic National Examinations Board, 704 achieved the firts level pass, while 770 achieved the secondlevel pass. This is far below the 819 candidates and 1,042 who passed on these levels in the previous year.
Another 305 were in third level while 501 earned a forth level pass. The other 701 students failed.
Female students outperformed their male counterparts.
Sheikh Yahaya Lukwago, the chairman of Uganda Quran Schools Associations (UQSA), said out of the 3,020 pupils who registered for the exams from 111 centres countrywide, 39 did not show up for the exams.
"There was also a total decline in the performance in all subjects as compared to last year. Some pupils registered for the exams but didn't show up," Mr Lukwago said.
UQSA is an umbrella organisation for all Islamic schools in the country teaching theology. It has its own syllabus for the Arabic language and Islamic Theology for primary schools.
Al-Mahdi Ssenkabirwa, "Hundreds fail Islamic exams" Daily Monitor January 18, 2012
"About 701 students have failed last year's Islamic Primary Leaving Examinations" Uganda News January 18, 2012
Reproduced with permission from Islam Today