Students in Puntland must partake in national high school exams, minister says

High school graduates from the Puntland state of Somalia will not be given national examination certificates if they do not participate in the exam prepared by the central government.

This was announced by Education Minister Abdullahi Godah Barre, after talks to end a curriculum row between the federal government and Puntland ended without a resolution.

Puntland has refused to submit its students to the curriculum and examinations issued by the federal government to centralize the country’s education system, accusing the government of an education war.

Minister Barre told Puntland students that they have a choice to either take the examination the rest of Somali students are taking, or produce their own examination and certificate and be self-reliant.