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Students across Lebanon passed the Brevet (Grade 9) exams in record numbers, the education minister said Thursday as he announced a pass rate of 81.78 percent.Students had been waiting since June 10 for the Brevet results, which would determine whether they could continue on to secondary school or would have to retake the exams and face repeating Grade 9 .Out of the 46,837 students that passed, the source said that 11,744 had passed with "Bien," or Good, and 7,332 passed with "Tres Bien," or Very Good.Following this meeting and prior to the announcement of the Brevet results, Machnouk held a news conference urging people not to take part in celebratory gunfire.Thousands of Grade 9 and Grade 12 students in Lebanon sit the crucial exams at the conclusion of each school year to evaluate their education.
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