AMMAN — Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour on Tuesday vowed tough measures against those who commit violations during the General Secondary Certificate Examination (Tawjihi).
Speaking at a meeting with education directors and some heads of the examination halls at the Queen Rania Centre for Information Technology, Ensour said acts that violate the law of the exams undermine the authority and dignity of the state, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
The Tawjihi winter session for the 2012-2013 academic year starts on December 23 and concludes on January 17.
“Enough is enough,” said Ensour, adding: “We will not allow what happened in the previous years to happen again.”
Previously, family members and friends of students sitting for the exams used coercion to give the answers to students inside the examination halls.
He said that around 186,000 students are sitting for the exams this year, and “we must prepare a calm and safe environment” for them.
Ensour noted that those who undermine the Tawjihi exams and barge into the examination halls or riot outside and “those who do not allow the students sitting in for the exam the peace of mind to do it” will be dealt with severely.
He apologised to every student who was not allowed two calm hours to do the exam.
“We will not allow any official to tarnish the sanctity of the examinations and the credibility of the country,” the premier stressed.
He said that those who violate Tawjihi’s laws also hurt the students who have diligently studied for their exam, favouring those who did not.
Ensour added that officials who are not doing their job undermine the state and the legitimacy of the Tawjihi exam.
“We will not let that happen again. Undermining the state’s authority is one of our greatest tragedies.”
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Minister of Education Wajih Owais attended the meeting.