Israeli aggression prevented 39,000 Gaza students from taking high school exams

Ahram Online , Thursday 20 Jun 2024

The Palestinian Ministry of Education said on Thursday that the ongoing Israeli military offensive has prevented approximately 39,000 students in the Gaza Strip from sitting for the Tawjihi high school final exams, slated to commence on Saturday.

Palestinian children ride in the back of a vehicle past a damaged school in Khan Yunis in the southe
Palestinian children ride in the back of a vehicle past a damaged school in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on June 14, 2024, amid the ongoing Israeli war on Gaza. AFP

 

The Israeli war has already killed 450 Palestinian high school students, including 430 in Gaza and 20 others in the West Bank, Sadiq Al-Khudour, spokesman for the ministry, said in a statement reported by the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Despite the challenging circumstances, efforts have been made to accommodate Palestinian students from Gaza who are currently abroad, Al-Khudour noted.

He added that 1,320 Palestinian students from Gaza are set to take the exams in 29 Arab countries.

Egypt will host the majority; nearly 1,090 students, he pointed out.

The Palestinian education ministry has established the largest exam hall in Egypt and set up special testing facilities in Russia, Turkey, and Qatar.

He added that the exams will also be administered at the embassies of the State of Palestine in other host countries.

Tawjihi are the final exams in the last year of high school which determine university prospects based on the obtained grades.

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