Grade 12 National Exam Underways

ADDIS ABABA – The grade 12 national exam for the 2014 Ethiopianacademic year has begun across the country today.

Over 976, 000 students are expected to sit for the annual secondary school leaving exam in two rounds.

The majority of them, 560, 800 students in social science stream, have begun taking the exam the first phase starting Monday.

The exam which will run until Wednesday is being administered in public universities.

Authorities decided to administer the exam in universities in a bid to ensure transparency and integrity.

‘Accident injured students’

The exam took place on Monday morning in 130 centers set up in the universities.

The students were able to take the exam without any problems in all but two centers at Hawassa and Mekdela Universities, according to the Ministry of Education.

In Hawassa University, the exam started off with an accident that left nearly 10 Students injured after a bridge linking the main campus with the Institute of Technology collapsed.

Education Minister Birhanu Nega expressed his sympathy for the injured students taken to Hawassa Referral hospital for treatment.

Hawassa University officials said those students who were unable to sit for the exam due to the accident will be given another chance.

In Mekdela University, students left the campus without taking the exam. The ministry said it is trying to know why they left the campus, and will announce the next step soon.

The ongoing exam for the social science students will conclude on Wednesday. It will be followed by the second round exam for students in the natural science stream scheduled for next week.

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