Ugandan court bans national exams on Muslim holidays

Published in the Daily Monitor on 14th May 2021

Invigilators check students at Kibuli Secondary School in Kampala, Uganda, before their examinations on March 1, 2021. PHOTO | DAVID LUBOWA David | NMG

The Ugandan Constitutional Court has ruled that the government can no longer force Muslim students to sit national exams on religious holidays, such as Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid al-Adhuha. On Tuesday 11th May 2021, five Justices of the Court agreed that the government has violated the right of religious freedom of Muslim students to observe religious holidays. Justice Elizabeth Musoke announced that all national exams should be postponed if they take place on Islamic religious holidays.

 This case was first brought to court by two students, Sadiki Kakaire and Suleiman Isotah Magumba, who sued the Ugandan National Examination Board (Uneb) and the organization’s chairman, Mr Fagil Mandy, for forcing Muslim students to sit exams on Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid al-Adhuha, which they argued was in contradiction with several provisions in the Constitution. This ruling was issued in time for Eid-ul-Fitr.

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