*More than 2,561 students obtained an average of over 90%
*Students performed well under severe health conditions
The Ministry of Education and Higher Education announced on Thursday the results of the final examinations for high school for the academic year 2019/2020.
The success rate reached more than 85% for daytime education, an increase of 3% over the previous academic year, while the rate for the Religious Institute was approximately 93.5 %, up 15% from the previous academic year.
The technical high school has also witnessed an increase in the success rate of nearly 7% from last year, - the success rate this year has reached more than 86% - while the success rate in the Banking Sciences High School has reached more than 97%, an increase of 5% over the previous academic year, and the rate for high school adult education reached more than 31.5 %, with a slight decrease of .5%.
HE the Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Mohamed Abdul Wahed Ali al-Hammadi congratulated the students for their success and expressed pride in the results they achieved in the tests they performed under severe health conditions due to the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the psychological conditions due to the pressures they were subjected to.
The minister also praised the solidarity of all to move forward in taking the tests despite the prevailing circumstances, thanking and appreciating to all staff members in the educational system, and all state institutions that have contributed with the ministry and participated in this success.
The minister added in a press conference on the occasion that the results achieved by male and female students were satisfactory, and better in their general average than last year, adding that this is due to students' commitment to the educational curriculum and their discipline and preparation for the tests in light of coronavirus pandemic conditions, stressing that the combined efforts of all concerned parties enabled them to overcome this challenge safely.
In this context, the minister pointed to the stability of curricula, its development and its modification, so that it affected positively the results of this year, which gave good indicators for the academic stages in general.
He pointed out that what distinguished the tests of this year is that many students obtained an average of 90% or more, indicating in this regard that more than 2,561 students obtained an average of over 90%, of whom 726 were Qatari, while 4 students got the full degree in all subjects, and this is attributed to the efforts made and state's support to develop the educational process.
The minister also touched on the second round of tests in August and the ministerial decision issued regarding amending some provisions of the annual calendar for schools for the academic year 2019/2020, according to which the dates for the second round exams for all grades from (first to 12th — day and adult education) for the academic year 2019/2020 start on August 23, 2020 and end on August 31.
He explained that the studies in the coming academic year will be full or part-time remotely taking into account the risks posed by coronavirus pandemic.
He said that 110 students were isolated at the time of the tests, and special tests will be organised for them, related to the second-round curriculum, taking into account their health conditions.
The minister said that 75% of the studies in the academic year 2019/2020 was done regularly and only 25% online, stressing in this context that the educational process was not affected by the change of the system.
For his part, the Assistant Undersecretary for Evaluation Affairs at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Khalid al-Harqan, said that this year's results witnessed a remarkable increase in success rates, indicating that the number of applicants for the exams was 11,457 male and female students, among them 6,226 male and female Qatari students, while the number of non-Qatari male and female was 5,231, representing daytime students, adult education and the religious institute.
Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Fawzia al-Khater, during the press conference, highlighted the remote education plan.
Al-Khater said that the Ministry of Education and Higher Education has had to arrange its affairs with regard to remote education through a new platform, taking into account the circumstances of families and all related challenges, stressing that remote education will be part of the education plan in Qatar.
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