Tawjihi students disappointed after year of online learning

(Photo: Jordan News)
(Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Tawjihi exams, (general secondary education certificate examination), finally came to an end on Thursday. After a long and difficult year of online learning, students told Jordan News that they were frustrated with the exams’ difficulty.اضافة اعلان

The exam was “very difficult”, according to Tarek Al-Dakrouk, a student at Al-Sadara School.

“The questions contradicted the words of the Minister of Education, who said that they would be from the textbook and previous years’ (exams), but unfortunately even the easy questions required a very long solution,” he said. He added that he received financial support from his brother and mother to help him purchase internet to use the e-learning platform.

“My advice to the students of the coming year is to understand the materials well and not to rely on memorization,” said Dakrouk. “It's possible that a student`s dream of studying medicine will be lost due to unclear methodology for the examination from the ministry.”

“The questions were a little difficult,” said Maria Nassar, a student at Khadem Alharamin Alsharefeen School, in an interview with Jordan News. “Sometimes there were questions outside the syllabus or from deleted lessons. They let us down in some subjects like English.”

“I felt a great achievement that I was able to pass this stage and I felt the size of the responsibility that I had. I am happy no matter what my result is, because I know very well the amount of psychological, physical, and emotional fatigue that I faced,” she said. “I did not rely on the e-learning platform during my study and they did not mention any of the platform`s questions in the exams.”

For Nassar, as for many students, the past year of online learning made the exam more difficult. “There is a big difference between the students who studied with face-to-face education and the students who have taken e-learning,” she said.

The students who took in-person classes or could “ask their teacher any question they don’t understand at the same moment, and also take some tests to review their information with their teacher,” she added.

The students that used e-learning platforms or “social networking sites such as Facebook and YouTube (for information)” were left out, because not all lessons are explained on YouTube, she said.

“I have not received any psychological or financial support. I was alone almost all this year alone,” said the student. “During this period, I got thinner and pimples appeared on my face because of the psychological exhaustion I am in.”

Current students aren’t the only ones frustrated with the final examinations. On Friday, economic expert, vice chair, and CEO of the Alia Group, and founder of the “Made in Jordan” campaign, Musa Saket took to Twitter to criticize the exams. He wrote that “outdated methods will kill creativity” and called for the format of the exam to be updated.

“It is not reasonable to shorten 12 years into one exam, especially since the evaluation must be for a full 12 years,” he said.

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