August 15, 2012 ·30 Comments
This Press Statement from Abaarso Tech management:
The evidence clearly shows that Abaarso Tech had the Ministry of Education’s approval to give its entry exam before the results of the Somaliland national exam. Accordingly, our attempt to hold an exam in Burco did not break any rules or go against the government in any way. We want to be completely clear that we are not attacking the government at all; we are simply defending ourselves against the accusation that we did not follow the rules.
Abaarso Tech came to this country to help education and has always tried to work with the government. We asked to give the entry examination early so we could match our school year better with American schools who offered to fly some of our students to America for summer programs. This past year we could not send those students because our school year was not yet finished when the American summer programs were beginning. The earlier exam was therefore just to benefit our students; not to gain an advantage against other schools.
Still, we absolutely would not have gone to Burco had the Ministry of Education not approved our exam. We went to Burco with clear written and verbal approval to hold it. It is upsetting to us that the Ministry of Education does not just admit their mistake and apologize for accusing us of any wrongdoing. It is difficult for us to want to keep spending our time and money assisting Somaliland education if we are going to be so unfairly attacked.
Abaarso Tech also wants to clarify that we have never said that the police acted with any force or brutality in Burco. In fact, we have said that no one, including the police, made any violent actions at all. The Burco exam was peaceful in all ways, including Abaarso Tech stopping the exam as soon as we were told not to move forward with it. It is a credit to the students who were involved that they behaved so well.
August 15, 2012Follow @somalilandpress
By goth Mohamed