Eid al-Adha: Uneb postpones S.4 exams
Posted Tuesday, October 15 2013 at 10:14
The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has postponed exams that were to be sat by senior four students on Tuesday.
The decision comes shortly after the High Court in Kampala on Monday rejected a petition filed by two Muslims challenging the legality of the exams.
The two, Sadiki Kakaire and Suleiman Isotah Magumba, had sought an interim court injunction arguing that students sitting exams on the Muslim holy day would be contrary to the Constitution and the Public Holidays Act.
Eid al-Adha, which is observed on Tuesday, October 15, is one of two feast festivals celebrated by Muslims. Muslims celebrate the holiday to commemorate their belief in Abraham’s willingness to obey God’s command to sacrifice his son Ishmael, and Ishmael’s consent to being sacrificed.
The Deputy Registrar of the High Court, Tadeo Asiimwe, rejected the application saying non-Muslim students interests also had to be considered. Mr Asiimwe said it would be a great disservice to postpone exams that many students had already prepared for, and that it would also interfere with Uneb’s exam timetable.
However, Uneb later issued a press brief saying the examinations had been postponed. The release does not, however, state a date on which the postponed exams will be done, only saying it will be communicated in due course.
Senior four candidates were on Tuesday expected to sit for exams in Chemistry, Music Aural, and Energy and Power.