On July 13, 2006 IslamOnline.net reported, "The first batch to graduate from France's sole Muslim secondary school has scored impressive final results, with hijab-clad students topping the chart. 'Success rate reached more than 75 percent, thank God,' Ammar Al-Asfar, the principal of Ibn Rushd school, told IslamOnline.net on Sunday, July 8. Of the 20 alumni, fifteen male and female students have succeeded, he said, adding that a majority of 12 hijab-donned students had scored excellent remarks... The first batch of graduates tossed their graduation hats into the air on Friday, July 7. In July of 2003, the French government approved the establishment of Ibn Rushd school in Lille, where Muslims make up 25 percent of the one million population. Seventy students are enrolled in the school, which came as a source of relief for Muslim girls, who had to leave their state-run school because of their hijab. France adopted in November 2004 a controversial law banning hijab and religious symbols like Jewish skullcaps, crucifixes and Sikh turbans in public schools."