Return to Nablus – Exam Time

The two Palestinian schools face exam pressure We return to the two Palestinian schools as the end-of-year exam season gets underway. Straight away there is tension between Daes Abu Kishik, headteacher of King Talal boys school, and his staff as they argue over the latest directive from the Education Ministry concerning exam timetables. The students too are struggling with the exam pressures. Osaid Salami spent many months in an Israeli jail earlier in the year, to the great cost of his education, and the exams are a challenge for him. At Hajja Rushda girls school there are different kinds of pressures as students like Lina Haddad push to achieve top marks. All this amid general exam fever, over-crowded classes and yet more students imprisoned. All the usual pressures of exam time in schools are met with the very particular pressures of school life under an occupation.

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