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IQRA College was established in October 2002 in response to the demand by parents for the unique educational programme offered by IQRA Nursery /Primary school. The Nursery/ Primary school had been established two years earlier as an experiment in fashioning a unique curriculum for Muslim children in Nigeria. .
IQRA College was established in October 2002 in response to the demand by parents for the unique educational programme offered by IQRA Nursery /Primary school. The Nursery/ Primary school had been established two years earlier as an experiment in fashioning a unique curriculum for Muslim children in Nigeria. The experiment was simply to combine and place equal emphasis on mainstream (western) and Islamic education. The outcome pleasantly surprised even the most optimistic believers in the experiment, and much its critics.
Success was recorded in the Primary School from the beginning! Parents observed and reported improved behaviour, commitment to worship of Allah, memorisation of the Qur’an and dutifulness among other positive traits in their children, just weeks after enrolling in the school. But then there was the litmus test. How well would the school perform in public examinations? It was decided as a matter of strategy that pupils will first be presented for public examination when in Primary five so that the School could correct any lapses that might be observed before they were again presented for the same examination in primary six. Then the surprise came: all the students passed the National Examination Council (NECO) National Common Entrance Examination at their first attempt in Primary Five!
Having passed National Common Entrance Examinations, the pupils pressurized their parents that they would prefer to enroll in secondary schools. Parents, having realized that it was possible to achieve outstanding success in western education and yet have sound Islamic education as well as be morally upright, exerted pressure that the proprietors of IQRA Nursery/ Primary School should immediately establish a secondary school. But circumstances led to a review of the time frame in the original plan. Thus, IQRA College was established a year ahead of schedule.
IQRA College was born into a challenge. Parents who demanded its establishment had a clear idea of what they wanted. They looked forward to a school that would give their children impeccably sound conventional (Western) education, nurture their spiritual growth and make them have high integrity. They saw it as the school of their dream to do all these. By admitting their children, it became a challenge that IQRA Collegeshould do all these and much more. The proprietors renewed their commitment to the provision of balanced education so that their students would mature into ideal citizens who will facilitate the emergence of a just, progressive and egalitarian Nigeria. Furthermore, the proprietors were aware the onerous task of nurturing the college to success to convince the world that the success for their experiment at the primary school level was not just a fluke.
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Alhamdulillah. Today IQRA College is another success story! All parents who have children at the college can bear testimony that their children are more upright and are better Muslims already showing positive leadership traits as a result of their enrolment at IQRA College. And again the college has passed the litmus test. When the pioneer students, were presented for NECO’s Junior secondary Certificate Examination (JSCE), they ALL PASSED at the very first attempt. And this was achieved without a single incidence of examination malpractice. Thus, we are making remarkable progress in our quest to achieve academic excellence and moral uprightness for all students at IQRA College.
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