BEIRUT: Almost three-quarters of the students who sat the 2019 Brevet administered last week passed the exam, Education Minister Akram Chehayeb said Friday. Speaking at a news conference Friday, he said the 2019 pass rate was 74 percent, compared with 81.36 percent in 2018.
Lebanese students are required to pass the Brevet official exam in Grade 9 to move on to high school, while graduating seniors must pass the Baccalaureate in Grade 12 before they enroll in university.
Chehayeb attributed the decrease in the success rate to “discipline” in the examination process, praising the newly installed cameras.
For the 2019 official exams, the ministry installed cameras in the 291 testing centers in a bid to eliminate cheating.
The student with the highest grade in the Brevet examinations was Dima Musa al-Husseini, with 19.143 out of 20. Husseini was followed by six second-place scorers, who earned a score of 19. Six more students came in third place with a grade of 18.929.
Chehayeb said the second round will be held as soon as possible for people who failed the first round. Students who had been caught with a phone during the exam but were found not to have used it will also be permitted to take the test at this time.
Following the exams earlier this month, Chehayeb threatened legal action against those who photographed and circulated question papers during the exams.
Those students who were found to have used a phone in the exam room have been banned from sitting the Brevet for two rounds; in other words, they will have to wait until next year to take the high school qualifying exam.
The results were ready around 1:10 a.m., and the minister said he decided to “put [them] up quickly so that no one says later that the results were manipulated.”
Chehayeb also said the results were published immediately so that students would wake up to good news, and the “bad habit” of celebratory gunfire would be avoided. The next round of exam results will be for the near 40,000 high school students that sat at about 212 examination centers. The Baccalaureate is the final exam taken by graduating high school seniors before they can receive their diploma and enroll in university.