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Twelfth graders call for reduction of their curricula

  2021-03-15  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Twelfth grade students call for reductions of their curricula and extension of study period before taking final exams to 40 days in front of West Sulaimani Education Directorate, Kurdistan Region, Iraq,March 15,2021. Photo by Zhyan News Network/Screenshot
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – A number of twelfth grade students protested in front of Sulaimani West Education Directorate on Monday (March 15), calling on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Education to reduce their curricula and extend the period given to them to prepare for the final examinations to 40 days.

“They [education officials] should skip at least two to three sections in the curricula or slow down the style of teachers’ teaching,” one of the protesters told Zhyan News Network, claiming the current period for them to prepare before the final exams are not sufficient.

“We as the students of twelfth grade are very dissatisfied. We are 40 students in a class that have no health conditions,” another protester said. 

Schools have been closed for most of 2020 and the early months in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic as the imposed measures by the KRG to contain the contagious disease.

KRG Deputy Minister of Education Saiwan Faraj told Voice of America (VOA) on Monday that there are plans by his ministry for twelfth grade’s final exams to be finished by September so that the successful students cab enter the universities and institutes.

“We spare no efforts for the twelfth grade students to complete the year successfully and do their exams in order for them to begin their study in universities and institutes for their new [academic] year,” Faraj added.

Following the protest, Sulaimani Education Director Dilshad Omar said in a statement “we have decided to reduce a part of the curricula and there should be no haste in completing the curricula."

“There are teachers who have contracted corona[virus], hidden it and entered the classes.”

The KRG anti-coronavirus team Supreme Committee to Combat Coronavirus have recently halted in-classroom education for all but twelfth grades until March 25.

There has been a significant rise in coronavirus cases in the Kurdistan Region following the emergence of new variants of the virus globally.

According to the KRG health officials, most of the cases are the new COVID-19 mutant variants. 

On Sunday, the KRG Ministry of Health recorded 392 new coronavirus cases, seven new deaths and 155 recoveries over past 24 hours.

Overall, there have been 112,695 officially-logged cases. Out of that, 105,451 have recovered and 3,564 have died.

The Region recorded the first coronavirus cases on March 1 last year and the cases were climbing before declining to just few tens.

The highest daily infections were logged on October 27 with 1,597 cases.

(Zhyan English)