The chief organizer of the PISA tests says Arab countries have begun to react positively to their poor showing in 2018 but still need to break away from traditional teaching methods.
Educators and students objected to the bill, which would have replaced reliance on a final high school exam with a three-year assessment.
Iraqi students will take final exams online for the first time this month. Their worries begin with technical concerns, like Internet access and reliability. Then there’s the economy.
Officials in several countries called the openings tentative and said they could be reversed if the number of infections rises.
Exams for students in the final three years of medical training are scheduled in July. With Covid-19 cases on the rise, however, many students are afraid to take them.
As Covid-19 forces classes to go online, educators need to be more aware of the blind spots surrounding cultural norms that limit some Arab women’s ability to participate.
Universities in the Arab region first looked to technology for ways of preventing cheating on exams. But in response to student complaints, some are rethinking how to asses learning.
Six Arab nations participated in the 2018 running of the Programme for International Student Assessment, better known as PISA. Five of them scored in the bottom third of all countries taking part.