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Police patrols on alert to prevent Tawjihi-related incidents

Feb 13,2013 - Last updated at Feb 13,2013

AMMAN —  With the General Secondary School Certificate Examination (Tawjihi) winter session results scheduled to be announced on Thursday, police officers will be patrolling the Kingdom’s streets to prevent violations by celebrating students. 

The day Tawjihi results are announced is usually characterised by incidents of festive firing and joy riding around Jordan.

Education Minister Wajih Owais will hold a press conference at noon on Thursday to announce the results, the passing rates and the names of top students.

In a statement sent to The Jordan Times, Public Security Department (PSD) Spokesperson Lt. Col. Mohammad Khatib said the department will take strict measures against “reckless” acts that coincide with the announcement of the Tawjihi results. 

He called on the public to assist the PSD in its endeavour to curb such practices and raise awareness on their dangers, stressing that the police will not be lenient in enforcing the law, especially regarding fireworks and festive firing, which kill and injure several people each year. 

“The officers will be monitoring places where celebrating students gather… the patrols will arrest those who are found to be involved in serious crimes, such as firing guns,” Khatib said, noting that the PSD will send an SMS to those who commit minor violations to notify them that they will be referred to court.

The Guns and Ammunition Law stipulates that anyone “unjustifiably” firing gunshots or using any explosive material faces a three-month jail term and a JD1,000 fine.

The interior ministry has banned firework displays after 10:00pm and prior approval is required at least three days ahead of the festivity.

In February 2012, the PSD reported 200 cases of reckless driving in the form of celebratory car processions in Amman following the announcement of the Tawjihi results.

At least four people were injured as a result of festive firing last year, while two female Tawjihi students from Madaba and Mafraq attempted suicide after failing in the exam, according to the PSD.

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