SALAH: MURIC Urges Lagos Exam Board To Shift Entrance Exam

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has appealed to the Lagos State Examinations Board to shift one of the dates of its Entrance Examination into Lagos State Model Colleges which falls on 19th July, 2021. The group argues that 19th or 20th July are still being considered for the Muslim festival of Id Al-Adha while neither date has been confirmed.

The appeal was contained in a statement issued by the director of the organisation, Professor Ishaq Akintola.

The statement reads:

“The Lagos State Examinations Board has set aside 15th – 17th and 19th July, 2021 for the conduct of Year 2021 CBT-based Screening Test Entrance Examination into Lagos State Model Colleges. Coincidentally, the Muslim festival of Id Al-Adha is being speculated to hold on 19th or 20th July, 2021. This has raised tension among Muslims in the state who have called our attention to the likelihood of a clash between the examination and their festival.

“From the look of things, 19th July, 2021 will either clash with the Muslim festival or it will be too close for comfort. The inconveniences this is likely to cause can be compared to picking 24th December which is too close to Christmas day (25th December) for an examination. It is therefore controversial. The Lagos State government may want to steer clear of a highly controversial date as a mark of recognition, respect and sensitivity for the feelings of Muslims in the state.

“Our humble suggestion is that another day be substituted for 19th July which is the last day of the examination. It is very glaring that the examination is a four-day affair. Instead of starting on Thursday 15th July, the exercise may start from Wednesday 14th July and end on Saturday 17th July 2021. Option ‘B’ is to postpone the last paper till after the Muslim festival. Thursday 22nd July appears to be suitable for this shift.

“The shift to Thursday 22nd July will not have any negative impact on candidates as there had been a shift in the dates planned for the same examination in the past. The 2021 Entrance Examination into Lagos State Model Colleges was initially slated for 28th June – 3rd July, 2021 but it was shifted to 15th to 19th July, 2021. Therefore, a new postponement will not surprise the candidates, their parents and guardians.

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