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Palestinian students raise the bar in 2017

Palestinian achieve higher pass marks in 2017 than in previous years

Palestinian high school students performed better in their exams this year than previous students did last year, the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Sabri Sidem, announced today.

At a press conference held at the ministry’s headquarters in the occupied city of Ramallah, Sidem said 67.24 per cent of students passed their exams, an increase of 2.58 per cent on last year.

He added that the number of students registered to sit exams was 72,065, of those 70,237 actually took their exams, with 47,903 passing.

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He added that the success rate in the humanities reached 62.6 percent, sciences 84 per cent and Islamic education was 51 per cent.

Louay Qnoua was the highest scoring student in Palestinian. Speaking to MEMO the student, who hails from Gaza’s Shuja’iyya district, dedicated his success to his country and its people.

He added that the obstacles and challenges facing students in Gaza are very difficult, especially the lack of electricity, lighting and an atmosphere fraught with tensions, however, patience and perseverance helped students overcome the challenges.

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