As Tawjihi ends, students say exams overly ‘challenging’

The final high school exams will come to a close on Thursday

Students in exam hall
(Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Jordan’s Tawjihi exams (general secondary education certificate examination), which mark the end of high school for Jordanian students and are a decisive factor in getting into university, will come to an end Thursday. اضافة اعلان

According to a Ministry of Education spokesperson, some 207,280 students are taking the exams this year at 838 testing centers.

This year’s exams have become notorious for their difficulty, with local media outlets showing students leaving exam halls frustrated and in tears.

Tala Jaber, who is a literary stream Tawjihi student, told Jordan News that the exams’ difficulty exceeded her expectations.

“All of them were challenging and not easy in (the slightest), the least challenging were religion, history, and English, for me. Others said they were hard.”

“I would say it was bad in every way, for my mental health and grades, too,” she added.

“I’m not that satisfied (with my performance). ... They didn't keep in mind that we were home-schooled all year without a teacher. We studied on our own. ... I wish they considered the circumstances we were in, that’s all.”

Hala Najdawi, another literary stream student, also said that the pandemic had affected her performance.

“The entire COVID-19 situation was really bad for everyone. Not being able to go to school or see anyone for a specific period of time made things harder and sort of affected our mental health in a negative way,” she told Jordan News.

Najdawi added that she managed through it and studied “but it’s definitely not as easy as people think”.

“The most challenging subject for me was the Arabic exam, because each of the two semesters had a separate exam, which was a bit challenging considering the fact that we had only a day and a half to study for each one, but I did (well). The least challenging subject was English and overall every other exam was fine.”

“I would say I’m not really satisfied with my performance. … I know I could’ve done a lot better.”

Social media users — students and non-students alike — took to Twitter to share their grievances and concerns about Tawjihi.

“A whole generation of students did not study in schools. … some people cannot afford to sign up at learning centers, all students should be taken into account and questions should be (of normal difficulty),” wrote one user.

“The ministry is doing the exact opposite of what they said, there is no regard for the differences or the circumstances that we have lived through,” wrote another.

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