Nearly one million high school students are writing Ethiopia’s grade 12 examination
Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education this year has introduced a new system in connection with the Grade 12 national high school leaving examination.
Unlike before, this year grade 12 students are required to travel to University campuses to write the national exam.
It is devised due to cheating and stealing exam papers.
There were allegations that regional-level authorities were involved in stealing exams and the purpose was to enable a high number of students from that particular region to join universities.
It has been something that has been contributing to the poor quality of education in the country.
Dr. Berhanu Nega appeared on the state’s own television earlier this week. Asked whether the new system will be effective in terms of reducing cheating, he said it will significantly reduce cheating.
He cited two reasons. Exam codes used to be only four. Now there are twelve exam codes. The second reason, he added, is that the exam will be administered in a university setting by Federal authorities. Regional will not have contact with the exams.
Yet, he did not say definitively that there will be no cheating. What he said is that the system will be assessed again to see if there were ways that made cheating possible and will be addressed in the future.
A security arrangement is put in place ( federal authorities ) in all the universities to ensure the safety of students – the ministry has announced.
A total of 976, 018 students will be writing exams this year. The number is said to be higher by 300,000 compared to last year but the reason is unspecified.
The Ministry also said students who are unable to write the exam now due to security an arrangement is made. They will write it in one month’s time.
Most Universities have accepted students. Orientation for invigilators is provided.
Students’ orientation was delayed by one day to enable Muslim Students in the country to celebrate Mawlid.
The exam will start on Monday, October 10 across the country.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Sunday conveyed a message for Grade 12 students.
“In you,” he said in Amharic and Oromigna language, “Ethiopia sees hope. I hope you will prove that the exam you are writing is proof that you are true of Ethiopia…”
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