Grade 12 National Exam Scheduled for March 8

ADDIS ABEBA – Grade 12 National examination of this year will be starting on March 8, Ministry of Education announced on Thursday.

The examinees will be given Digital ID Cards between March 1 and 3, according to the ministry’s new schedule.

Officials said the examination – delayed due to covid-19 pandemic – will be paper-based despite the Ministry’s initial plan to hold the examinations online.

The decision was made after the process to import tablets, planned to be availed for the examinees, failed to go ahead as per the schedule, Education Minister Getahun Mekuria (Ph.D.) told reporters.

During Thursday’s presser, the Ministry apologized to both students and parents for the delays of this year’s exam blaming it on the pandemic and related issues.

Mekuria also said students in Tigray will sit for the exam inside nearby universities including Mekelle, Adigrat, Aksum and Raya after many of the schools were damaged due to the recent conflict in the region.

At least 12, 000 students in the region are expected to sit for this year’s national grade 12 leaving examination, according to the Ministry. The students were urged to report to education bureau offices or nearby schools starting from Monday.

The ministry will start to transport materials to be used in the examination in the coming weeks, the minister said.

Featured Image: Minister of Education, Getahun Mekuria (PhD) speaking to reporters on Thursday. [Photo MoE]

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