By Staff Reporter
ADDIS ABABA – (BORKENA) – The news that roams around on the result of the school leaving examination of the war-torn Tigray Region has become the talk of the town. People are asking that in other parts of Ethiopia where relative peace reigned during the civil war in the northern part of the country, only 27,000 students out of 840,000 or three percent of those who sat for the examination were said to score passing grades.
However, in Tigray Region, where schools were demolished, robbed, left out of service… where students were reportedly forced to remain at home or engaged in the recently held bloody war, 66.96 percent of the students reportedly passed the school leaving examination.
Bystanders (observers) are being heard saying that this is a good experience for students in the Amhara Region, which is currently being shelled by bombs, mortars and military drones, to score better grades… of course, if they stay alive in this unfair war unleashed against them.
State media reported that 69.96 percent of students who took the 12th grade examination in Tigray Region scored 50 percent or more of passing grades. In Ethiopia, where all the students who took the national exam have failed, it was very surprising to hear such academic results in the war devastated Region. The highest grade, which is 657, was said to be scored by a student from Tigray Region, according to the news source.
People are heard saying that if it was deliberately done as a special privilege for the war-affected students, it would have been much better to implement free promotion to all. (Of course, the bloody war has also affected students in Amhara and Afar Regions.)
The news disseminated by the Education Bureau of the Interim Administration of Tigray Region has raised dust among the people who are currently waiting for further explanation from the Federal Ministry of Education. In particular, many people are waiting for a briefing to be delivered by chief of the Ministry, Birhanu Nega (professor) who popped out at local television a month back to break the sad news of the failure of over 800,000 young Ethiopian students who sat for the national school leaving examination all over the country except Tigray.
Head of the Education Bureau of Tigray Region, Kiros Giush (Dr.), disclosed in his social media account that 66.96 percent of the students who took the examination scored university entrance grades.
Kiros has also pointed out that 657 is the highest score out of the recorded grades.
While it is the Ministry of Education that is responsible for the announcement of the result of the national school leaving examination all over the country, it was not made clear why the Head of the Regional Education Bureau has come out to break such news on his Facebook’s page.
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