Over twenty-seven thousand young Somalis are undertaking Unified National Secondary School Examinations, conducted by the Federal Government of Somalia across the country. According to the Education Ministry, the number of students examined has steadily grown in the last three years, from 20,000 students in 2016, 23,000 in 2017 to 27,600 this year.
Mano Mohamed Noor, the Headmistress of Abdalla Derow Primary and Secondary School in Baidoa, the administrative capital of the country’s Southwest State, highlighted that in her town, the examinations, which started Saturday, are being conducted in three examination centers. One of them is her school.
“The national exams are conducted across the country. Baidoa is advantaged to have three of the examination centers and our school is privileged to be among them, now for three consecutive years. The school is located at the heart of the town with good security and ample space. Now, 260 students are sitting for their exams here.”
After eleven years of dedicated service and sacrifice against decades of terrorism and civil war, as the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) begins to handover the security responsibilities of the country to the Somali people, socio-economic growth and development is gaining traction across the country evidently and progress is steady and commendable.
The Somali National Security Forces, specifically the Somali Police, are providing security and ensuring the safety of the centres where the throngs of enthusiastic students have convened to determine their future. AMISOM is proud to be standing side by side with the Somali authorities to ensure that this key exercise goes without disruptions.
“AMISOM is mandated to provide mentoring, advising and training to our Somali Police brothers and sisters,” Tresphord Kasale, AMISOM Police Coordinating Officer for Southwest State stated. “We are mentoring the officers who are providing protection to the students sitting for their exams to ensure that the process goes successfully,” he added.
Students in Hiiraan region will sit for their exams at a later date, on account of disruptive flooding and displacement, caused by sustained heavy rainfall in the area. Youth are the future of the African continent and AMISOM remains committed to aiding Somalia effectively harness this great demographic dividend.