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Somali Government to waive secondary exam registration fees for all candidates

By Yunis Dekow

The government has announced that registration for unified Secondary school examinations will be free for all candidates.

This was announced on Wednesday by the Minister for Education of the Federal Government of Somalia Mr. Farah Sheikh Abdulkadir.

The current pronouncement means the government of Somalia will pay examination fees for all candidates in all public schools in the country. 

In June, 35,000 National Secondary school students across Somalia sat for their exams, being conducted in exam centres in Jubaland, Galmudug, Hirshabelle, and southwest states, as well as the Banadir region. 

Minister Farah Sheikh Abdulkadir has put on notice those intending to violate the laid-down rules for the Registration of the national exams and cautioned against students involving themselves in irregularities of any kind. 

Mr. Farah Sheikh has warned headteachers against registering ghost candidates with the intention of inflating the number of candidates at examination centres. 

The new government announcement will facilitate and support learners to prepare adequately for assessments. 

“Since the exams and the certification is the work of the ministry of Education, today henceforth the ministry has waived the secondary school exam registration fee for all candidates,” said Minister Farah. 

“The ministry of Education will not take any fee from any student for registration,” added the minister. 

Students across Somalia were examined on 10 subjects during national secondary exam which concluded on Wednesday 22nd June. 

According to the Global Partnership for Education, an NGO transforming education in lower-income countries, before COVID-19, an estimated 3 million children in Somalia were out of school and those in school were struggling to learn.

The COVID-19 pandemic combined with the effects of protracted crises has exacerbated Somalia’s education challenges.

In Somalia, since the collapse of the central government in 1991 and the education sector was disrupted, schools used different curriculums and grading systems until 2014 when the government unified all academic curriculums and exams conducted in the country. 

The number of students examined in the unified national examinations has grown steadily in the last seven years, from 3,500 students in 2015 to 35,000 this year.

By Yunis Dekow