MV: This really sets a good impression for all Muslims,
By Elham Asaad Buaras
Muslim schools continue to improve in their GCSE results, according to The Muslim News’s most comprehensive Muslim school table. For the third consecutive year Muslim high schools and colleges advanced on their previous results and surpassed the national average.
Seventy two Muslim schools (36 girls’, 23 boys’ and 13 mixed) are featured in the table – seven more than in 2007 and twelve more than in 2006.
68 percent of students who sat their exams in Muslim schools attained at least 5 or more A* to C pass rate in 2008, that is, two percent higher than the national average, two percent higher than the previous year’s result and 10 percent higher than that of 2006.
Seven Muslim schools managed a 100 percent 5 or more A* to C grades.
The results for Muslim schools are even more impressive considering that the majority are not well funded and that children of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin generally achieve lower results than national averages. This is best illustrated in the East End London borough of Tower Hamlets which has 36 percent Muslim population. Only 41 percent of students in that borough attained 5 or more A* to C grades. This is 27 percent lower than the average of six Muslim schools in the area who attained a 68 percent 5 or more A* to C grades.
In London East Academy all the boys in the academy attained 100 percent 5 or more A* to C grades and 72 percent 5 or more A* to C grades, including English and Maths. A spokesman for the Academy told The Muslim News, “We surpassed both the national average and Tower Hamlets average. The school operates with a balance of national curriculum and Islamic sciences.”
On a regional level Muslim schools in the East Midlands attained 75 percent 5 or more A* to C grades which is the highest of all the eight regions represented in the Muslim league table. The East Midlands is closely followed by London and the North West, both regions attained 72 percent 5 or more A* to C grades.
For the first time The Muslim News can include modern language in its league table. 68 percent of students in Muslim schools walked away with one A* to C grade in a modern language that’s a whopping 38 percent more than the national average. [Read more]
^Shown above is an Islamic School ^