MOGADISHU — About five hundred high school students in the country’s northeastern regional state, Puntland have sat for National exams last week, the ministry for education confirmed.
The ministry and the authorities of the regional state were at loggerheads after Puntland failed to subscribe to national exams.
In a statement on Wednesday, the ministry said out of 35,000 candidates, 5,000 students were Puntland state.
“The ministry hereby informs Somali people that the exam concluded peacefully, we wish the student success in their ambition and bright future. The ministry congratulates Puntland students who voluntarily come out to do the exam,” the statement reads in part.
The move comes barely a week after Minister of Education, Abdullahi Godah Barre vowed that students in Puntland who have not sat for the official standardized test will not receive their government-recognized secondary school diplomas.
Godah reiterated his position that Somalia’s government will not accept the results of any other standardized test except for the one issued by his ministry.
He added that the educational relationship between the Puntland regional administration and the federal government is over after he accused Puntland of refusing to take part in the matriculation exams.
“The secondary school certification test is the responsibility of the federal government. Only those who sit for the standardized tests will receive the Secondary School diploma.”
Somalia’s federal ministry of education wants to have a standardized test for all schools across the country, but some regional administration including authorities have resisted.
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