FILE - Minister of Education and Technical Training Tarek Shawki – Still image Youtube/MBC Masr
CAIRO - 11 June 2020: The Ministry of Education said on Wednesday that the students of Thanaweya Amma (third year of secondary school) have the right to take the exams this year or postpone them to the next year amid the coronavirus fears.
The ministry said in a statement that the guardian of the student, who desires to postpone the exams, will submit the request of the exams delay along with the seat number to the relevant educational directorate to be notified about that decision.
As around 653,000 students are preparing for the Thanaweya Amma tests starting June 21st for about a month, the education minister has displayed the state’s plan to protect them from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The ministry said in a statement it will offer 16,575 thermometers, 34,037,829 face masks, 6,411,804 gloves and 6,000 sanitizers to secure students against the virus.
Students will enter their exam halls in a line, while following the two-meter social distancing rules, and will have their temperature measured before they enter.
Before exams start, all exam halls will be deeply sterilized on a daily basis, the ministry said.
Before entering their secondary halls, exam proctors have to check each of the students and make sure that they are in a good health and that they have sterilized their hands and put on the masks.
In case proctors think a student might have developed some symptoms, an ambulance vehicle would transfer the student to the specialized hospital.
In a press conference, Shawki said the state is keen to sterilize schools during the upcoming tests, to avoid the spread of the deadly virus.
Preventive measures will be considered during the tests including maintaining social distancing, he noted. Students also have the option to postpone their exams to the coming year, he added.