Muslim Think Tank calls for establishment of centers of excellence

A report released by Ummah Think Tank (UTT) shows that most of the Muslim secondary schools are struggling behind other non-Muslim schools to the

disadvantage of Muslim students. The report published in 2012 recommends school performance improvement framework citing that only two thirds of 30 schools scored a C grade and below in 2011. The framework would assist both the schools and students improve their respective performances. “There is need to establish at least ten centers of excellence that will help Muslim students catch up with the top performing national schools,” said the chairman of Ummah Foundation Ahmed Yusuf during the releasing of the research report titled Access to Higher Education: Beyond Brick and Mortar. There are about 72 Muslim secondary schools spread across the country Nairobi hosting 18 schools and Coast 17 schools. Each province has at least two schools or more. Ahmed Yusuf said that in 2007 the top eight leading schools in Kenya Certificate for Secondary Education (KCPE) examinations were all Christian sponsored schools sending all their
students to universities to pursue regular programmes.

“Fifteen Muslim schools are performing good as so much has changed since then,” he stated. “But we are still in crisis and we need a Martial plan to exceed the  current level of progression. UTT was established by Ummah Foundation in 2009 and focuses on development matters towards Kenya Muslims. Even though other Muslim organisations have tried to fill the gap of inequity through their activities their efforts are “disjoined and lack in coordination”, says the report. The “Think Tank is a team of professionals and experts whose task is mainly to generate ideas, analyse them and present them to implementers.” In 2011 UTT was tasked by stakeholders and Muslim professionals with looking into Muslim schools and education from which the 2012 research findings have been released. Muslim Education Council (MEC) has been given the onus of implementing the research paper.


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