in an empirical study on the reasons behind the results of brevet official
exams in UNRWA schools:
An ineffective plan
leads to loss of control and follow
up by the department of education.
Everyone is called to
bear responsibility of such results.
A scientific study issued by the Palestinian
Association for Human Rights (Witness), documents with statistics the
educational condition in the schools of the United Nations Relief and Works
Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) especially after the results of intermediate
certificate (brevet) in Lebanon on 15/7/2022 that have stirred a controversy on
the reasons behind them and who bears the responsibility.
The study relies on a series of meetings with
educators and activists and is based on official
tables issued by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
study objectively addresses the direct and indirect causes of the pass rate
that didn’t exceed 48% in UNRWA schools that include 2803 students distributed
over 37 schools among 5 areas in Lebanon (Beirut, North, Sidon, Tyre, and
Bekaa) whereas the general pass rate all over Lebanon exceeded 79%.
The study also deals with the accumulative
reasons that have influenced the academic performance of Palestinian students
in UNRWA schools.
The study shows that there are notable
successes achieved in some schools and failures in others, and that there are
ineffective educational policies set by UNRWA that contributed to this dramatic
The study reaches out to a set of scientific conclusions,
the most important of which is the confusion in the department of education,
which has lost the ability to control, follow-up and evaluate on a timely basis,
with no leverage of financial and human resources to face the enormous
challenges that Lebanon is experiencing.
The study also indicates that there are
cumulative and complex reasons that contributed to reaching these results,
including the economic and social reality and the overpopulated camps, in
addition to the general expectation that no official examinations will be
conducted like last year.
As UNRWA has distinguished examples to be
emulated, there is a vivid dereliction in many schools that need reevaluation
and intensifying of efforts to reach the required academic level.
The study finally makes recommendations to the
relevant authorities, especially the Education Department of UNRWA, the
Palestinian factions, civil society and student forces, all of which raise the
alarm and call on them to search seriously for ways and mechanisms to get out of
this educational impasse that Palestinian students in Lebanon are going
through, especially at the elementary and intermediate levels.
To view the full study, kindly
visit the following link:
Association for Human Rights