June 17, 2012 ·24 Comments
Students in Abaarso Tech school (Abaarso Tech)
HARGEISA — Over 17,500 students across Somaliland will take the annual secondary school and university entrance examinations at the end of this month in 140 exam halls.
Zamzam Abdi Adan, Minister for Education, said a total sum of 5,846 candidates aspiring to enroll in the country’s institutions of higher education will sit the test in 42 exam centers in all provinces.
The week-long exam, which falls on June 30, will test the post-primary education of 11,667 pupils in 98 halls this year. Mrs Adan said her department has registered the highest rate for the exam this year, 15 percent increase from 2010.
In 2009 a sum total of 11,294 candidates appeared for the primary and secondary examinations, an increase of 6,237 students in the last three years or 21.6 percent increase.
The increase is the result of combination of increase in population and President Ahmed Silanyo’s education policy which was introduced two years ago. In early 2011, the ruling Kulmiye government doubled teachers’ wages and introduced free education at primary and secondary levels in an effort to reduce school dropouts.
The Somaliland ministry of education hopes to increase literacy levels across the country to 75 percent by 2015
While wishing the students best wishes and success, Mrs Adan warned against cheating and leaking exam contents. She said there will be more than 1,263 exam officials on duty for the annual test. She encouraged them to bring with them determination, motivation and to prepare themselves well.
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