BEIRUT: Grade 9 and grade 12 students will finally begin receiving the results of their exams in the coming days after teachers resumed marking official exams Thursday following more than a month of boycotting corrections.
Results for grade 12 official exams are expected to be announced starting Saturday and, for the first time, students will be able to receive their results via SMS text messages instead of online.
“Exam committees have resumed correction today and will issue results in an advanced method this year through SMS text messages,” Education Minister Hasan Diab said.
“The results can be known by sending an SMS text message,” added Diab.
Diab made his remarks during a joint news conference held Thursday at his office with Telecommunications Minister Nicolas Sehnaoui and Marwan Hayek, the head of the board of directors of mobile operator Alfa.
Hayek explained that students should type an abbreviation of their section, then a space, then their number and send the message to 1070. They should receive a text message with the student number, name and result.
He said grade 12 students should type LH for the literature and humanities section, SG for general sciences, SV for life sciences, SE for sociology and economics. Grade 9 students should type BR for official exam results.
Hayek noted that subscribers with a mobile company other than Alfa can also use the service, adding that the Alfa network would easy handle the additional traffic as it can accommodate 2 million subscribers and only 100,000 students took grade 9 and grade 12 official exams.
Diab said students and their parents can also obtain the results by visiting the Department of Official Exams at the Education Ministry.
The minister added that the cost of the text message was the same as that of a regular message. “This took place in coordination with the telecommunications minister and Alfa, which we thank for covering the additional expenses for this operation,” he said.
Sehnaoui voiced hope that the successful cooperation between the Telecommunications Ministry and the Education Ministry would be replicated by other ministries
Diab said the results of grade 12 life sciences and general sciences sections would be announced Saturday.
He added that the public would be informed successively of the dates when the results of other exams would be announced.
Teachers decided Thursday to end their boycott on correcting exams in a meeting of the Union Coordination Committee, a coalition of public sector employees and teachers at public and private schools.
The UCC said its decision came after encouraging moves by the Cabinet regarding teachers’ demands on passing a new salary scale for the public sector and with the interest of students and teachers in mind.
Students in Lebanon must pass grade 12 official exams to join university and grade 9 official exams to enroll at high school.
Representatives of the UCC attended a meeting for the ministerial committee chaired by Prime Minister Najib Mikati Wednesday and were promised the salary scale would be passed no later than the end of August.
The UCC said in its statement that it would continue action until the salary scale and other items agreed upon with the ministerial committee are passed before the deadline.
The new salary scale will allow teachers to receive a salary raise that the government introduced to the private sector in January, along with other benefits. These include maintaining a margin of 60 percent which teachers enjoy in their salaries over other public sector employees. The pensions of retired teachers will also increase based on the new salary scale.