BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Approximately 86,000 Palestinian students sat for the first session of their high school exams seeking to obtain the General Secondary Certificate, or Tawjihi, across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on Saturday morning.
Spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Education Abdul-Hakim Abu Jamous told Ma'an that in the first session Saturday, students will take the Islamic education exam. Exams will end on Thursday, June 26 with the technology exam, he added.
Abu Jamous highlighted that 53 percent of the registered 85,597 test takers are females. Of the total number of students, 48,263 are in the West Bank and 37,334 in the Gaza Strip.
With regards to coordination with the Gaza Strip, the spokesman highlighted that there had been full cooperation between the West Bank and Gaza since before the announcement of a unity government. High school qualification exams have always been run in full coordination between the West Bank and Gaza, even during the years of rivalry between Fatah and Hamas, he added.
The Tawjihi certificate is equivalent to a high school completion certificate, and is required for students who wish to pursue undergraduate studies. In Palestine and other Arab countries, the score on the test determines which programs a student can enter.
The newly-appointed Palestinian minister of education Khawlah Shakhshir was scheduled to visit a number of exam stations in Nablus in the northern West Bank on Saturday along with prime minister Rami Hamdallah.