Ni ktk mtihani wa Islamic Knowledge Source: Daily News THE Northern Pemba region has taken the lead in the final primary schools' results on Islamic knowledge examinations held in the country on August 10, this year. Announcing the results in Dar es Salaam on Friday, the Secretary of Islamic Education Panel, Ustadh Suleyman Dawud, said that the Pemba Northern region led the 20 regions in Tanzania which sat for the examination. Total number of 516 schools within 20 regions sat for exams this year and Northern Pemba region became the first regional wise with an average of 76.22 per cent, he said. He said Dodoma came second with an average of 67.4 per cent followed by Southern Pemba with 61.55 per cent and the other regions in top ten include Mbeya, Kagera, Manyara, Kilimanjaro, Kigoma, Shinyanga and Mtwara. Ustadh Dawud added that the exams aimed at imparting the Islamic primary schools' students with knowledge on different matters concerning their religion. He said more schools were encouraged to register for the Islamic examinations this year compared to previous years and that they had enough preparations. Last year a total of 320 schools registered for the exams but this year we had 516 schools. We had 24,699 candidates this year compared to last year when we had only 15,236 candidates, he said. In overall grading of the best ten schools with impressive results, Kagera region has taken the lead with five out of ten schools. The schools are Kamachumu, Jamia, Kaibanja, Kitendaguro and Rwemishasha B. Others in the list are Mwisi (Singida), Wete Islamic (North Pemba), Islamiyah (Mwanza), Kirinjiko Islamic (Kilimanjaro) and IPC Madrasa (Dar es Salaam). According to the secretary, the leading students with names of respective regions in brackets are Abubakari Mustafa Hassan (Dar es Salaam), Fauza Salehe (Kagera), Hassan Hamad (Kagera) and Fahad Hemed (Kilimanjaro). Others are Salum Londa (Kilimanjaro), Salma Ismael (Dar es Salaam), Hawa Adam (Kagera), Iqlima Seif (Kagera), Khamis Khamis (Kilimanjaro), Abdallah Abdallah (Dar es Salaam). The Islamic knowledge examinations in primary schools were established in 2005 covering Dar es Salaam region and last year expanded to a national competition with the participation of 20 regions.