The title of this post can be read in two different ways. Yes, that was intentional.
So what were the results?
118,031 students sat for the exam.
50,362 students passed, i.e. less than half.
Of course passing or failing the tawjihi exams also has an impact, which usually translated to fireworks, gunfire, and motorcades of cars where kids hang out of their windows and drive recklessly around town honking their horns.
283 cases of reckless driving in the form of celebratory car processions were reported in Amman. I’ll make the safe bet and assume there were a lot more.
Four people were injured due to gunfire from the “festivities”.
On the upside: only One tawjihi related suicide attempt has been reported.
It is remarkable that the same educational system that can be so difficult that less than half of those sitting for it will fail, a system so supposedly difficult that it produces suicide attempts, can also produce a group of graduates who are bright enough to pass, yet, their first instinct is to drive around town, hanging out of cars haphazardly at ridiculous speeds, honking their horns for hours, and essentially breaking about 5 different traffic laws simultaneously. A group of people whose first instinct is to take out their AK-47s and shoot rounds of bullets in to the air.
And again, these are the people who actually passed the exams.
That says something.
Maybe I’m too young to say it, but: I also blame the parents.