Students attend their official exams at a school in Beirut, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Of the 14,260 who sat the tests, only 367 passed – less than 5 percent – inciting uproar among students and parents alike.Students must pass the Brevet exam at the end of their ninth year to graduate middle school, and the Baccalaureate exam at the end of their 12th year in order to graduate high school.Bou Saab stressed that the results, dismal though they may be, should come as no surprise. After comparing them with the results of exams from five years ago, he suggested that there was no error, and that pass rates have been relatively consistent over that time. But parents allege that Bou Saab merged the results of the first round of exams and the makeup exams in his calculations, attempting to mask the grading errors that had occurred. According to Khalid, the government was harsher on students during the makeup exams after an unprecedented number of students passed in the first round.The committee representing students and parents called upon Speaker Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Bou Saab to arrange to have the exams regraded.
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