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History as 37,000 candidates commence nationwide exams across Somalia despite security challenges



By: Hassan Yarrow

MOGADISHU—The Federal Government of Somalia’s Ministry of Education on Saturday unveiled the highly anticipated 12-grade national examinations.

Speaking at the launch, the Education minister Abdukadir Faarah said a total of 37,038 candidates sat for the exams, which were conducted in 136 examination centers across 736 schools.

The Ministry deployed a workforce of 2,870 personnel to ensure the smooth operation of the examinations, complemented by an additional 2,176 security personnel to safeguarded the integrity of the process.

“We are immensely proud of the dedication and hard work demonstrated by our students, teachers, and the entire education community in making this national examination a resounding success,” stated Mr. Faarax.

“The successful commencement of the exams, even in areas along our borders, showcases the remarkable commitment and resilience of the Somali education system,” the minister added.

The examinations were conducted in examination centers located as far as the border areas, with the farthest center being in Laascaanood, covering an area of nearly 2,000 square kilometers.

“This is a testament to the hard work and determination of our teachers, administrators, and the entire education fraternity,” the Minister noted.

He added: “As we celebrate this milestone, we remain steadfast in our commitment to continuously improve the quality of education and ensure that every Somali child has access to a world-class learning experience.”

The successful implementation of the national examinations amidst the ongoing challenges faced by the education sector was lauded by the stakeholders “as a remarkable accomplishment that will undoubtedly inspire and motivate students, educators, and policymakers alike.”

This achievement paves the way for a brighter future, where Somali youth can thrive and contribute to the nation’s continued development and progress.


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