File - Students take their official exams at a school in Beirut, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Students and parents alike voiced frustration Sunday with Education Minister Elias Bou Saab's decision to issue passing certificates for all 148,000 students who sat for official exams this year.Having spent 9 to 12 hours a day studying during the one-month reading period before the exams, Jad was upset that his hard work was not recognized.Official exams are a must for students who seek to join high school and university, and grade-12 students who are planning to join the Army should hit a specific score in official exams. The exam period is considered a difficult time for students and parents alike. This is the first year since the Civil War ended in 1990 that passing certificates have been issued, and students are unsure what to expect or how this might affect their future.Jad has already been accepted into one of Lebanon's universities to study architecture, but he fears that schools may institute entrance exams to replace the official exams.
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