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Egypt Cancels Universities' Second-Semester Exams

Sat 18 Apr 2020 | 06:04 PM
Mai Shaheen

On Saturday the Supreme Council of Universities of Egypt (SCU) cancelled all written and oral exams scheduled for the second semester of the academic year 2019/2020.

Because the grades for these tests for all academic years will no longer be used to qualify for the cumulative overall score, the curricula must then be completed by many alternatives to the existing educational framework.

The first of the alternatives according to the SCU is that each student prepares a research thesis based on courses taught during the semester. To assess these essays, each university must define its own expectations, controls, conditions and laws.

The second choice is online review of courses based on courses this semester, taking into account faculties or study programs with small numbers of students.

Final academic year exams for all faculties were postponed until the suspension time of the study was lifted, stated the SCU.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has suspended schools and universities since March 14 as part of a comprehensive plan to face the coronavirus outbreak.

The Egyptian government is imposing a nationwide curfew until April 23 as part of its precautionary measures to limit the spread of coronavirus. The measures also include the suspension of schools and universities across the country, as well as the closure of all cafes, bars, cafeterias, and restaurants nationwide.

Egypt on Friday confirmed 171 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s number of confirmed total cases so far to 2,844. The total number of COVID-19 deaths has now reached 205 nationwide.

Contributed by Ahmad El-Assasy