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National examination board responds to outrage from Hargeisa public school students

National examination board responds to outrage from Hargeisa public school students
National Examination Board Chairman, Daud Ahmed Farah, in an undated photo.

HARGEISA – The Chairman of Somaliland’s National Examination Board, Daud Ahmed Farah, held a press conference on Sunday, to respond to Hargeisa public school students upset with the results of the 2017 nationwide examinations for Somaliland’s intermediate and secondary students.

Crowds consisting of public school students in Hargeisa gathered outside the Education Ministry’s headquarters on Saturday,

Several public schools in Hargeisa scored poorly on the annual state examination. Farah pointed out in the press conference that despite the poor showing from Hargeisa’s public schools, many other public schools across the country did extremely well.

“We have received overwhelming support from the public, there are no official complaints disputing the exam results,” Farah told reporters at the press conference.

“We don’t know why there would be a reason to even dispute the exam results. There are always students that pass and there always the fail the exams,” Farah said.

“Also, Somaliland’s public schools scored the highest results this year than ever before. Somaliland’s public school system is not limited to the four public schools in Hargeisa,” Farah added.

Many of Somaliland’s private schools scored well on the examinations, including private schools in Hargeisa, which has raised many concerns over the quality of public education in the capital.

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