The Scottish Government recently published a report on SQA attainment and school leaver qualifications in Scotland. The headline was that ethnic minorities, specifically Asians, were doing better than the national average.
Delving into the figures however, the familiar pattern of the last few years emerged. The figures show that the average tariff scores for Pakistanis and Bengalis read 174 & 182 respectively, whereas the Indians and Chinese reached 198 and 219.
Young Indians and Chinese were indeed doing very well, leaving Pakistanis and Bangladeshis trailing in their wake. For Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, read Muslims.
I am looking into potential factors that may be the root cause of this under achievement. Some thoughts that spring into mind relate to identity, Islamophobia and other forms of disadvantage.
It would also be true to say that most of the Pakistani and Bengali pupils attend Madrasah every day after finishing their classes in school. As a young person having been through the system i found that both operate through strikingly different teaching styles that don’t necessarily complement each other. I feel it’s important that mainstream education engages to work in closer partnership with these institutions to support and engage in good practice.
We’ll be exploring this and other issues in this week’s ‘Our Youth, Our Future’ tour with Shaykh Amer Jamil, one of Scotland’s top Islamic scholars.
He’ll be launching his latest Reminder publication at the events on the topic of Muslim youth. It will reach some thought provoking conclusions on the measures that need to be taken by young people themselves, and the community as a whole.
Wednesday 3rd June 7pm
New Kings NK14, Aberdeen University
Thursday 4th June 8pm
Dundee Central Mosque, 6 Miln Street
Friday 5th June 7pm
Ethnic Minority Enterprise Centre, 423 Paisley Road West
Saturday 6th June 7.30pm
1 House O’Hill Road, EH4 2AJ
I hope you’ll be able to join us for the discussion.
Posted by Faisal Hussein