Egypt to announce timetable for thanaweya amma exams within next two days: Minister

Ahram Online , Sunday 17 May 2020

Egypt's Education Minister Tarek Shawki said on Sunday that the final dates of the secondary school final year exams (the thanaweya amma) will be announced within 48 hours.
The government has postponed them for two weeks to start on 21 June instead of 7 June, he also said.
A total of 653,000 students and 186,000 invigilators will be involved in the exams.
According to the minister, pupils will be distributed in 56,000 exam centres; each will accommodate only 14 students to keep enough distance between them.
The rooms will be sterilised daily before the start of exams.
Exams will start at 10am but students should arrive earlier than that to undergo some preventative measures, Shawki added, noting that any pupil arriving after 9am will not be allowed to join exam-takers and will be considered absent.
Test-takers will queue two metres apart before entering the exam room and will be handed masks and have their temperatures measured.
Invigilators will be tasked with making sure all students have their hands sterilised and are wearing masks properly.
If any student has a high temperature, they will be transferred to a hospital via ambulance and their exams will be postponed.
Any student will not be able to take exams on 21 June due to any circumstance like being quarantined or infected will be enabled to participate in second round of exams.
Parents are afraid for their children, or pupils themselves who are afraid, and don’t wish to attend the exams this year, are allowed to postpone their exams to next year.
Around 400,000 final-year university students in Egypt will take their exams on 1 July, said Higher Education Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar.
He added that every university and educational institute will be entitled to specify the suitable schedules.
Egypt had cancelled final oral and written exams and replaced them with either a research paper or online exams for all university students except those in the final year.
Egypt closed all schools and universities on 15 March to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
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