Egypt government denies resorting to research papers for higher education students

Lamis ElSharqawy, Tuesday 12 Jan 2021

The higher education ministry confirms that no new decisions or proposals were made regarding the current exams system of universities and academic institutions

File photo: Egypt’s Cabinet (Photo: Al-Ahram)

The Egyptian government said on Tuesday that there is no change in the exam system for higher education students, confirming that the system will still rely on written tests to be performed in person rather than the submission of research papers as was circulated on social media and some websites lately.

In a statement, the cabinet’s media center denied rumors of plans to merge the first and second semesters after confirming with the the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research that no new decisions or proposals were made regarding the current exams system for universities and academic institutions.

Exams for the first semester for all stages of university education nationwide will be held after 20 February, which marks the end of the mid-year vacation.

After the postponement of the exams till after the vacation due to coronavirus concerns, the education process has continued since 2 January through e-learning platforms available at all governmental and private universities and higher institutes.

The mid-year vacation is scheduled to start on Saturday 16 January.

All oral and practical exams for all stages of university education and postgraduate studies in all public and private universities as well as higher institutes have been postponed until after the end of the mid-year vacation.

All activities, conferences, and festivals held in educational entities have been halted until the end of the vacation, according to the ministry’s statement.

On 31 December, Egypt announced the cancelation of mandatory attendance in classrooms and the postponment of first semester exams in schools and universities till after the mid-year vacation in an attempt to mitigate the impact of the second wave of the coronavirus.

Ten days earlier, the Ministry of Education made the attendance of students in classrooms optional.

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