Over half a million students set to ministerial exams [Archives:2005/852/Front Page]

June 20 2005

SANA'A, June 18)515,691 male and female students in the primary and secondary stages started their final examinations of the school year 2004-2005 on Saturday, distributed to 4072 centers all over Yemen.

Dr. Abdussalam al-Jawfi Minister of Education confirmed in a statement to September 26 weekly that his ministry has finalized all the procedures related to the formation of the supervising committees, the distribution of student's seat numbers, and supplying the examination centers with invigilators.

According to the Ministry of Education, processing rooms were made in the Yemeni governorates and other main processing rooms at the Ministry to follow up and monitor the exam proceedings in both primary and secondary stages.

Dr. al-Jawfi added that all the violations that took place in the previous years have been tackled to provide examinees with convenient atmospheres according to a statement circulated by the ministry to teachers and students that sanctions will be taken against violators.

The Minister of Education pointed out the questions are prepared in harmony with the syllabus and the Ministry took into consideration the secondary school students when preparing questions since a new syllabus was introduced this year.

Over 70 thousand recruits are responsible for administering the exams and are distributed to the Supreme Examination Committee and other subcommittees and the supervising ones, and there are over 40 thousand invigilators in all the examination centers.

The secondary school examinees number up to 204,896, of which 133,099 are scientific section students while 271,079 are literary section students and all are distributed to 1056 centers.

Al-Jawfi mentioned that his ministry dismissed 188 educational officials this year due to violations committed by them the previous year.

It is worth noting that a large number of examinees complain of some difficulties facing them in understanding the contents of the new syllabus, in addition to the lack of teachers in some remote areas.