Iraqi boys attend a class at a school in west Mosul on July 27, 2017. SAFIN HAMED / AFP
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After three years of forced truancy due to Daesh's (ISIS) seizure of the Iraqi city of Mosul, teenager Ali Salim waited nervously outside school to sit an English exam.Because of the disruption for the 300,000 pupils in Nineveh province of which Mosul is the capital, the Education Ministry has decided to set IQ tests for primary schools and general knowledge exams in secondary.Mosul's education system, with its prewar tally of 600 schools, has paid a high price for the months-long fight. Only 210 schools are left standing on the east bank of the Tigris River that runs through the city, and 100 on its west bank.With bombardments rocking the west, schools in the east waited until May and June to gradually restore classes.Mohammad Ismail, headmaster of the Zubaida school in east Mosul, said he languished at home for three years.
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