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Muslims Applaud Court for Banning Exams on Eid Days

The order followed a successful petition filed in 2013 by two Muslims Sadiki Kakaire and Suleiman Isotah Magumba against UNEB and its then Chairperson Fagil Mandy.
The Muslims exiting Kibuli Mosque after Mosque.

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The Muslims who congregated at Kibuli Mosque in Kampala  today have applauded the Judiciary for having banned examinations on Eid days in future saying that children will now have time to celebrate such significant religious holidays in prayers.

 

The expression of gratitude was led by by Dr Abdul Hafiz Walusimbi a Lecturer at Islamic University in Kampala as he led  Eid  El Fitr  preaching at the Mosque.

On May 11th, 2021, a panel of five Constitutional Court Justices led by Justice Fredrick Egonda Ntende issued a permanent injunction restraining the Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB from conducting examinations on any day coinciding with any of the relevant Muslim religious holidays like Eid Adhua or EID El Fitr in future.

The order followed a successful petition filed in 2013 by two Muslims Sadiki Kakaire and Suleiman Isotah Magumba against UNEB and its then Chairperson Fagil Mandy.

These noted that the actions of UNEB to organize national examinations on days that coincide with Eid  Adhua and Idd El Fitr muslim religious holidays was unconstitutional. 

As a result, the  court  agreed with the petitioners  and restrained UNEB from conducting any exams on EiD. According to the Justices,  if UNEB makes a time table for exams  and some of them mistakenly coincide with any Eid day, such exams should be postponed to another date.

  According to Walusimbi, this was a very important land mark decision to the Muslim fraternity and the Judiciary should be commended for that.

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The  Kampala City Lord Mayor  Erias Lukwago who also attended the prayers, noted that  the decision by court was long overdue.

Lukwago said even when he was doing his Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (Senior six examinations) many years ago, he also recalls sitting for exams on Eid and as such he failed to attend prayers.

He said it was very absurd for their kids to sit for such examinations on important days like on Eid adding that they are always declared as public holidays by the government. 

 

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The prayers were attended by thousands of people, in violation of the standard operating procedures put in place by the government to prevent the spread of Covid-19 which has killed over four hundred persons in the country and over three and a third million across the world.

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