Egypt’s Minister of Education and Technical Education Tarek Shawky said, on Tuesday, that the new system for the high school leaving exam (Thanaweyya Amma) encourages students to think in a different way, linking information together.
Writing on his official Facebook page, Shawky said that the new examination system will address all challenges that students previously faced under the old Thanaweyya Amma exams’ system.
He also wrote that the new exam system aims to measure students’ understanding for each of the subjects they study, and will help them access the information. It will also help them study in a more efficient way to before.
The minister added that the new system allows students to use books in the exams, which will make it easier for the student to memorise. At the same time, the student must ensure that they understand the learning outcomes along with the main objectives of the lesson.
Most of the answers to questions in the old system depended on the student’s ability to memorise, but in the new question system it depends on both focus and understanding, Shawky confirmed.
The questions will be varied between multiple choice questions and essays. He added that the essay questions will be evaluated by teachers, where the questions aim to measure both the student’s understanding, in addition to the steps they took to reach the correct answer.
The Minister explained that in order to answer the questions in the new system, there are some steps that the student must adhere to.
At first the student should understand the subjects and learning outcomes, then they should be able to apply what they understood in different situations. Finally, they should be able to think, analyse, link and conclude data.