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In an eagerly awaited announcement, Egypt's Ministry of Education on Monday (July 16th) approved the results of the Secondary School Certificate Exam for 2011-2012.
Education Minister Dr. Jamal al-Arabi said that this year's pass rate was 82%, down 5% from last year.
Around 420,000 female and male students took the Secondary School Certificate Exam amid tight security measures due to the heated political environment.
The university admissions process, which is managed electronically by the Ministry of Education, will commence on Saturday (July 21st) and continue for one month, the Minister of Higher Education, Dr. Mohammed al-Nashar, said on Wednesday (July 18th).
May Abdul Nasir obtained a total score of 96% in her Secondary School Certificate Exam in the scientific branch. She said that she was elated, as she did not expect to earn such a high score "because the exams this year were very difficult".
She told Al-Shorfa, "I dream of studying architecture at the University of Engineering and my score will allow me to be enrolled at a university close to where I live."
Faris Mahmoud, who passed with a total score of 75% at the second year of general secondary school, said that his goal is to get a final score of 85% to be able to get into the College of Commerce.
"Next year is my last chance to get a higher score and be accepted by the College of Commerce," he told al-Shorfa. "I hope that luck is on my side next year."
Another student, Marwa Sanad, passed the Secondary School Certificate Exam with a score of 92%. She said, "I am happy to be closer to my dream of studying English literature at Cairo University even though this year's exams were not easy."
Parents received this year's results with mixed feelings of happiness and anticipation as they await the university admissions process, whereby each college announces the minimum score it allows for admission in proportion to the number of students needed annually.
Mayada Nassar said her son scored 89% in the Secondary School Certificate Exam and would like to enroll in the College of Fine Arts. However, she added that he is worried his total score might not be good enough for him to be accepted by the college.
After his meeting with Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri on Wednesday, al-Arabi told the press that, as of next year, there will be a new exam system in place. Students will be eligible to take the Secondary School Certificate Exam in one year rather than the current two-year system.
In the Egyptian educational system, secondary school is made up of three school years. In the first year, students are taught all scientific and literary subjects, while the second and third years are called general secondary school, wherein students get to choose the subjects they would like to study based on their academic concentration of choice.
The new system will require students to sit through only one final exam to obtain the Secondary School Certificate, which would be taken at the end of the third year instead of in two different testing session at the end of the second and third years.
All students will then have to go through university placement exams after taking the Secondary School Certificate Exam, so that the student's Secondary School Certificate Exam score is not the only deciding factor in the university admission process.