As many probably know or have read by now, many of the Tawjihi results that were released yesterday were indeed false, due to, what is being reported by the Ministry of Education, as a technical error. The issue was naturally brushed aside as just a normal error that is simply no big deal. It probably couldn’t have come at a better time to highlight what I was talking about last week regarding our educational system. It is interesting to note that despite the fact that it probably was a technical error (which affected 41,000 students in the country) it is yet another strike against the credibility of the tawjihi system, which in the past decade has faced various similar fiascos, including students getting their hands on the exams beforehand, the supposed publication of various unsolvable mathematical questions, and now this, a technical error producing the false results of tens of thousands of students. Can you imagine the faces on all those kids who were driving around all of yesterday honking their horns and hanging outside their car windows waving flags. Now who’s going to tell them that they probably failed? How can the next generation of tawjihi students ever trust their government enough to spend the day honking their horns in celebration ever again? That’s unfortunate.
But on a serious note…
Naturally, there have been calls for the resignation of the minister, which anyone with half a mind would tell you isn’t the solution to the greater problem. Heck, it’s not even much of a solution to this particular problem. The prime minister has requested an investigation, which is code for some low-level employee who burned the CDs with the grades and distributed them to the publishing websites being fired shortly.
And we won’t have to hear about anything related to tawjihi for a couple of more months.
UPDATE: Feb 8th. It seems tawjihi students have launched a protest this morning outside the Petra News Agency demanding a retake of the exams and citing their lack of trust in the results. Lack of trust and an erosion of credibility is a predictable result of this fiasco. Moreover, the government seems to be standing by the Minister of Education, claiming that a resignation is not on the table.