The ministry cited achieving uniformity in the procedures within educational institutions as the reason for pushing back exams.
Over the past few years, Egypt has introduced changes to the Thanaweya Amma exams that aim to eventually replace the decades-long system of memorising with a new system that involves student-centred teaching and competency-based learning.
The passing rate for the Thanaweya Amma exams in the 2020/2021 school year – which were taken by 650,000 students – was 74 percent, marking a significant decrease from the 81.5 percent of the previous year.
The ministry added that for stages other than Thanaweya Amma the period of the first and second semester exams will be considered part of the school year and will hence be subject to the same attendance policy that governs the entire school year.
The beginning of the current school year has been previosuly postponed, starting 1 October instead of 24 September, after the appointment of the new minister Reda Hegazy in August.
However, international schools that adopt foreign educational systems such as the IGCSE, American diploma, and the French educational system started the academic year on 18 September 2022.
There are 25 million students enrolled in the 2022/23 academic year.