5 March 2009

Eritrea: Over 17,000 Students to Take Part in This Year's High School Leaving Certificate Exams

Asmara — A total of 17,981 students would participate in this year's high school leaving certificate exams that is scheduled to take place from March 16 to 21, according to Dr. Bissrat Gebru, Director of the Bureau of Standards and Evaluation of the National Board for Higher Education (NBHE).

She indicated that out of the total number of the participants, 30% are females and 32% comprises individuals who wish to take the exams for the second time, while the remaining are students of the Warsay-Yikaalo School in Sawa.

Dr. Bissrat further explained that what makes this year's exam special is commencing of sitting for exams for the second time which was halted in the years 2003 to 2008, and as such the step taken is significant in encouraging those who failed to score passing grade to institutions of higher learning and youths who are fulfilling their national obligations in various ministries.

In this respect, she indicated that centers have been opened in all the administrative regions for those who are taking the exams for the second time and called on the Education Ministry, administrative bodies and other ministries to demonstrate the necessary cooperation.

Dr. Bissrat reminded them to visit the respective centers on March 13, for information pertaining to the exams would be given from March 14 to 15.

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