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Tawjihi winter session marked by 44% passing rate — ministry

By JT - Feb 08,2016 - Last updated at Feb 08,2016

General Secondary Education Certificate Examination students celebrate their winter session results in Amman on Monday (Photo by Khaled Oudat)

AMMAN – The results of the Tawjihi (General Secondary Education Certificate Examination) winter session were out on Monday with a 44 per cent pass rate, up from 40.2 per cent last year.

Of the total 37,209 regular students who sat for the exam’s academic streams, 16,378 passed, marking a pass rate of 54.6 per cent in the scientific stream, 33.2 per cent in the literary, 16.3 per cent in the Sharia, 40.7 per cent in the IT and 46 per cent in the health education streams.

A total of 3,159 students out of the 10,506 who sat for the vocational stream exams passed, at a rate of 30.1 per cent, according to figures released by the Education Ministry.

The pass rate among private students — those who retook the exam after failing in previous years and are eligible to apply to universities if they pass — stood at 40.9 per cent.

At a press conference, Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Mohammad Thneibat also announced the top 10 students in each stream, with girls taking the lion’s share of the list, as has been the case for the past years, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Students tend to celebrate their results by driving around the Kingdom’s streets, singing and honking their cars.

The Public Security Department (PSD) said it issued 1,690 tickets on Monday around the Kingdom for motorists who were driving in processions, while 13 motorists were fined for drifting.

Violating vehicles were impounded in the Central Traffic Department prior to transferring them to the impound square in Swaqa, according to a PSD statement.

The PSD also registered other violations where police officers could not stop the cars, adding that it will summon the vehicles’ owners later to take legal and administrative measures against them.

Earlier in the day, the PSD said it had intensified its monitoring of the streets to take action against negative celebration methods of Tawjihi results.

The PSD has also allocated a WhatsApp number (0797911911) to file complaints and communicate with the Command and Control Centre, where the public can report negative practices such as festive firing, Petra reported.

The number will be available around the year, and specialised PSD officers will be receiving complaints confidentially, Petra said.

The Central Traffic Department along with police, the criminal investigation and preventive security departments are implementing security campaigns to detect all negative practices associated with Tawjihi.

 

The PSD urged the public to express their happiness in a civilised manner away from practices that would endanger the lives of others or cause traffic congestion, Petra added.

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