Somaliland: 17,531 Students to sit for Final Exams


By:Yusuf M Hasan

HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – This year will see the largest number of students graduate from Primary and secondary schools in the country.

This was revealed by the minister of Education Hon Zamzam Abdi Aden at a press conference in her Hargeisa office where she gave the figures of 17,531 registered students who will sit for final examinations, Said she, “The examinations will be held for a week begin on 30th –June -2012”

According to the figures released by the minister, out of the 17,531 students registered for final examinations, 5,846 form four students will sit for secondary examinations in 42 venues within all districts and regions of the country.

The remaining 11,667 class eight pupils will sit for their final intermediate schools examinations in 98 venues within all districts and regions of the country. According to the education minister this will be the biggest number of students from primary and secondary schools to sit for final year exams at any given time in the 21 years of Somaliland’s sovereignty.

Hon Zamzam Abdi Aden, who wished the class eight and form four students success in the exams, urged them to avoid cheating thus graduate honorably while stressing on the importance of diligence and honest on the part of the selected 1,263 examination supervisors and invigilators.

Exam cheating which has been a thorn in the flesh of the ministry of education for a number of years is mostly attributed to supervisors and invigilators who also happen to be responsible for setting the exams as well as marking.

Since the government of president Silanyo came to power 2 years ago the number of new school registration has seen a substantial increase while the drop-out rate has decreased dramatically. This is attributed to Silanyo’s policy of education for all that has resulted in free education for primary school students nationwide.