Bou Saab: Official exams will be different this year

Minister of Education and Higher Learning Elias Bou Saab held a press conference at his office in the ministry to explain the new administrative, logistical and educational measures to be adopted for the first time in official exams.

Bou Saad said “official exams will be different this year, after having restructured the exams administration. Exam centers will be include 150 students each so as to monitor any cheating attempt. Official certificates must be granted only for those who deserve them. Official exams will also be conducted at the same time in Qatar, Congo and Romania.”

“We are working on simplifying the exams, but the level will remain high,” he said, pointing out that the cheating rate in the 2015 exams reached 55%.

The Minister assured that the proctoring process and the students’ distribution on schools will be amended and official exams’ access cards will be modified.

As for the exams correction issue, Bou Saab said “We adopted a different approach, as we divided Lebanon into 112 centers that will be directly linked to the ministry. Correction will computerized and the ministry’s exams department will monitor the correction rooms across Lebanon.”

The Minister also assured that the Ministry will accept no medical report seeking to exempt a student from the exams.

Finally, Bou Saab urged media outlets to seek information straight from the source, assuring that what has been written in newspapers about cancelling the exams is speculation that brings harm to students.

“The Ministry will be sending to students for free the results of the official exams to their cell phones and their e-mail addresses,” he concluded.

Source: National News Agency

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