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SCHOOL aptitude tests conducted by the National Authority for Qualifications and Quality Assurance of Education and Training (QAAET) could soon count towards final grades, it was revealed yesterday.

Minister of State for Information Affairs and official government spokeswoman Sameera Rajab told a Press conference after the weekly Cabinet session that the plan was being considered.

It follows a report by Minister of State for Parliament and Shura Council Affairs and QAAET chairman Abdulaziz Al Fadhel, which revealed students in grades three, six and nine had performed poorly.

The Cabinet has already directed the ministerial committee for education development to prepare a special report on necessary action to improve grades in basic subjects taught at private and government schools.

"We are looking at and studying having the aptitude test as part of the school's grade to encourage students to improve," said Ms Rajab.

"The government is looking to achieve an acceptable performance and for that action is being considered to improve students' contributions."

Meanwhile, QAAET secretary-general Dr Jawaher Al Modhaki said compulsory tests were conducted for 34,000 students at all government schools and voluntarily at 14 private schools.

"Girls performed better than boys in all subjects, but still all grades are below acceptable levels," she said.

"Reasons are clear in low performance as aptitude tests are not calculated within school grading systems, educational methods are weak and the current curriculum is in need of improvement in all subjects."

She added an agreement was signed with the Higher Education Council that no student would be accepted in university if they don't pass their aptitude test.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Nov 3, 2014
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