The deputy mufti of Uganda Sheikh Abdallah Semambo has urged all Muslim-founded schools across the country to teach Arabic.
Speaking from his base at the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC), Semambo argued that research has found that the language is now internationally recognised as a medium of communication, for promotion of both business and the religion of Islam.
Semambo made the appeal recently, while presiding over special duwa prayers for learners at King Fahad Islamic primary school Busega in Lubaga.
“As UMSC, we are appealing to all Muslim-founded schools and institutions across the country to embrace the culture of teaching the Arabic language... many schools have either ignored or deliberately failed to teach this language, an act which has denied students an opportunity to learn it. [Learning the language] will enable our children access jobs and opportunities in the Arab world.”
He commended the school’s management for insisting on teaching Arabic to pupils. The school head teacher, Hajji Swaibu Ssedomero, revealed that they are on an expansion drive.
"Our school has improved both in performance and enrolment of pupils; as of last year, we had 160 candidates sitting for Uganda National Examinations Board exams, where 120 passed in grade one,” he observed.
He also urged the government to support private schools by waiving taxes on various scholastic implements.