Somalia cancels national exams over leaks

Tuesday May 14 2019

Somali students

University student Abdirashid Abdullahi checks notebooks after teaching displaced Somali children at a makeshift school at the Badbado IDP camp in Mogadishu, on June 25, 2018. Somalia has postponed national secondary school examinations following a leakage. PHOTO | MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB | AFP 

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Somalia has cancelled national secondary school examinations after papers were leaked via social media and sold.

Students have been sitting their final year of school exams since Saturday but the leakage of papers at one examination centre forced Education Minister Abdullahi Godah Barre to go on national television on Monday night to announce the cancellation of the exams.

The exams will now be retaken from May 27 to 31.

Social media will be shut during the five days to to curb the illegal circulation of papers, the minister added.