Students attend their official exams at a school in Sidon, Friday, June 13, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Teachers oppose dropping Brevet examsTeachers voiced their fury at a proposal by two MPs to annul the Brevet exams for ninth graders, after the lawmakers alleged the tests had failed to evolve alongside the country's education curriculum. Future bloc MP Serge Torsarkissian and Kataeb Party MP Nadim Gemayel put forward a bill that would cancel the Brevet for intermediate school students.Grade 9 students must pass the Brevet exam to graduate middle school and grade 12 students the Baccalaureate exam in order to graduate high school.It also chastised the government's 2014 decision to annul official exams after teachers went on strike to demand higher salaries.Addressing an education conference in Beirut last month, Bou Saab cited a study showing that 55 percent of a sample of students who took official exams last year confessed that they have cheated.
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