The Minister of Education decided to approve a proposal issued by the directors of primary and secondary education to bring the dates of final exams from next June 20, as was scheduled in a memorandum issued last March, to June 9.
This decision was issued on the condition that the prescribed curricula are completed and that the rights of contracted teachers and workers are adhered to.
Accordingly, the school year officially ended this week in most public schools and secondary schools.
Teachers and students were surprised that the Minister’s condition did not take into account the forced strikes and closures, totaling about 40 days, in addition to delaying the start of the school year until November 2021.
A teacher and coordinator of Arabic literature in an official secondary school said that the last amendment did not take into account the necessary time limit between the completion of the curriculum and the start of the final exams, which will put the students under pressure to take the exams in a short time that is not sufficient for studying.
She added that the teachers have been put under unbearable pressure, as educational plans have shifted from annual to daily due to the current circumstances.
For the third year in a row, students will go to formal exams with questions designed for the success of the largest percentage of them. This is to pass the educational stage only, not to test their skills and the level of their educational attainment.