79.4% success rate in Egypt's 2014/2015 Thanaweya Amma: Education Minister

Ahram Online , Tuesday 14 Jul 2015

The rate marks a 2.5% increase since last year's exam

Egypt's Minister of Education, Moheb El-Rafei, announced a 79.4 percent success rate in this year's nationwide exam.

Upon successful completion of the Thanaweya Amma exam, which is the last stage of Egyptian high school education, students are awarded with the General Secondary Education Certificate. 

This year's success rate is 2.5 percent higher than the previous year, which achieved a rate of 76.6 percent.

El-Rafei announced during a press conference on Tuesday that the success rate among boys was 77.5 percent and 80.9 percent among girls.

The minister added that six students this year received a perfect score of 100 percent.

During the press conference, the minister reported that the success rate was 86 percent for public schools, 67.7 percent for private schools, and 55.3 percent for students studying at home. 

Students will soon be applying to public universities based on the grades that each institution demands. This phase usually starts within a week after the official announcement of the results. 

Parents often spend thousands of pounds on private tutoring lessons to ensure that their children will be admitted into a "top university" in medicine, engineering, pharmaceuticals, and political science.

The Thanaweya Amma is a group of highly competitive tests which have been marred in the past with recurrent cheating and leaking of exam documents.

This year, some of the exams' questions and answers were leaked on social media before and during the exams.

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