2017 registered a decline in performance in Islamic primary leaving examinations (IPLE) according to results released by the Uganda Quran schools Association (UQSA) examinations board.
A total of 193 schools registered to do the exams with 3,014 pupils. 866 pupils (29.2 per cent) got first grades, 983 (32.6 per cent), second grade, 341 (11.3 per cent) third grade, 471 (15.6 per cent) fourth grade while 279 were ungraded.
In comparison to the 2016 results, 2,393 candidates sat for the exams with 1,014 (42.37 per cent) getting first grade, 698 (29.2 per cent) second grade, 223 (9.4 per cent) third grade, 226 (9.4 per cent) got fourth grade while 216 representing 9.4 per cent were ungraded and 16 students (0.67 per cent) were absent.
“This year’s general performance has declined due to the fact that some teachers concentrate on coaching learners instead of teaching the core material,” said Sheikh Haruna Jjemba the secretary general of UQSA.
The 2017 results however show an improvement in performance among schools that use a dual curriculum; Islamic theology and circular education whose results were released last week. Sheikh Jjemba said their major objective to see that attention is paid on both curricula to maximize the benefit to the pupils.
Schools that were singled out with stellar performance in both curricula include, KY primary school Masaka, Gyagenda Islamic primary school Wakiso, Umar B.A Islamic center Seeta, Lukman primary school Entebbe, Tawhiid Islamic primary school Kampala, Katalemwa junior school Wakiso, Zai nursery and primary school among others.
According to the results Fiqihi [Islamic Jurisprudence] and Quran [recitation and meaning of the Quran] were the best done subjects while Tarubiya [Islamic ethics/Islamic History and traditions of the prophet] and Lughatul Arabiyya [Arabic language and grammar] recorded the worst performance.
UQSA was established in 1997 to bring together all Quran schools across the country to not only have a single syllabus but also a central examination board.
To be a member of the association, a school must register with the ministry of education and sports and must be willing to teach dual curricula.