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Egypt high school exams to start on 4 June: Ministry of Education

Ahram Online , Thursday 12 Jan 2017
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Egypt's Ministry of Education announced on Thursday that Thanaweya Amma (national high school) examinations for 2017 are set to start on 4 June. 

The ministry said in a statement that make-up exams are scheduled for 12 August.

This year's high school exams will coincide with the holy month of Ramadan, which is expected to begin on 29 May. 

Last year, test questions were leaked online through a Facebook page called Chao Ming, with students protesting after the education ministry decreed they must sit in for new exams.

Nearly 500,000 students take the high school examinations in Egypt annually. 

Thanaweya Amma students must take highly competitive exams in a number of subjects at the end of their final year of school. The marks scored determine what universities and faculties students may attend, if any.

In 2015, a presidential decree stated those who leak exam scores will face a year in prison as well as fines ranging from EGP 20,000 to EGP 50,000.

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