In a recorded video posted on the Ministry of Education’s Facebook page, Shawki said the pass rate had reached 78% in the science branch, up from 76% last year; 81% in the mathematics branch – compared to 76% last year; and 68% the humanities branch – up from 70% last year.
Before the start of the school year, each Thanaweya student chooses one of the three branches of science, mathematics and humanities.
Over the past two years, the Ministry of Education has introduced a series of amendments to the Thanaweya Amma exams, which determine academic prospects based on grades obtained.
The changes involve student-centered teaching and skill-based learning, aiming to replace the decades-old test memorization system with one based on understanding academic material.
The new system dramatically reduced the pass rate and ended the phenomenon of students getting full marks in their senior year of high school.
In the 2019/2020 academic year, the pass rate was 81.5%.
Shawki announced the names of the top-ranked students in the final exams of each branch of Thanaweya Amma, with the top student in the science branch scoring 402 out of 410, the top student in the math branch scoring 407 out of 410, and the top student in humanities scoring 387 out of 410.
The highest score among students with special needs was 399 out of 410, the minister added.
Like the year before, no student got the perfect score of 100% this year in all subjects, Shawki said, even though top students had GPAs close to 100%.
In the year 2019/2020, before the introduction of the new system, 39 students obtained a score of 100%.
Students from all three branches of Thanaweya Amma can view their detailed grades online at 6 p.m. today by visiting the results websiteShawki said.
Shawki assured all students that the lower grades would not affect their chances of joining the universities of their choice, given the increase in slots available due to the increase in the number of public, private, international universities. and nonprofits across the country.
Shawki also said that any students who were caught cheating on exams or disclosing the questions were referred to the ministry’s legal affairs department and/or the public prosecutor’s office.
The minister revealed that some schools’ results had been withheld due to alleged cases of massive cheating during exams, assuring students who are not suspected of cheating that their results will be released once the ministry’s legal affairs department and the Crown have concluded their investigation.
Some 650,000 high school students took the Thanaweya Amma exams this year from June 20 to July 21.
The country’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research is expected to announce the minimum grades required for admission to colleges soon.
Last year, the minimum grades required for admission to Egyptian universities – including the most prestigious faculties, such as medicine and engineering – dropped significantly for the first time in decades.