At least 7,000 Somali students sat for their final school examination for the first time in 25 years on Monday as the Horn of Africa nation seeks to revive its education system after years of unrest caused by Islamist group, Al Shabab.
Acting Premier, Abdullahi Jama, said the country was making steady progress in reforming its education system.
“It is a great day for us taking centralized examination from our secondary schools today,” he told candidates before the exams. “This is the progress our country is making now. I wish you success in the exam.”
Internal Security Minister, Abdirisak Mohamed, said security forces had been deployed to enhance security and thwart any terror threats where the examinations are taking place.
This is the first centralised examination which the Federal Government conducted for students who completed secondary schools in Somalia since 1991. (Xinhua/NAN)