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2009-05-29

Tighter supervision planned for Algeria's 2009 bac

By Mouna Sadek for Magharebia in Algiers – 29/05/09

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With little more than a week remaining until Algeria's baccalaureate exams, the Ministry of Education is busy ensuring all the last-minute preparations are completed. Officials have taken measures to guarantee transparency, prevent cheating, and avoid mistakes in the printed materials.

Minister of Education Boubekeur Benbouzid said the highest priority this year is to avoid repeating mistakes from previous years. The authorities launched an anti-cheating programme several years ago, and the monitors will be back to ensure the rules are respected in 2009.

"Directors of exam centres will all be assigned outside of their provinces, and [none] will be posted to the schools where they normally work," Benbouzid said at a press briefing on Monday (May 25th).

Three proctors will be assigned to each exam location: two high school teachers and one middle school teacher. Instructors will not be allowed to supervise exams attended by members of their families.

To ensure the legitimacy of exam scoring, the ministry has set up nine special centres that will receive exam papers and render them anonymous. After the names are removed, the exams will be forwarded to marking centres.

For the 2009 baccalaureate, the ministry will deploy some 90,000 supervisors and observers in 1,578 exam centres, and 23,000 markers in 40 scoring centres.

The Ministry of Education also hopes to avoid the premature release of results by collating and publishing them in a single location. This new office will replace the 40 centres spread across the country that used to do this job.

"Only this body will know the final results and will be authorised to publish them on July 10th," said Minister Benbouzid. "It will announce the results and issue all provisional certificates, diplomas, and statistics."

Officials have also taken steps to assist students in their pre-exam studies. The ministry sent a team of psychologists this week to help students manage their stress during the review period and to explain what they should do on test day.

Each school will have a psychologist who will make daily visits to classrooms, to distribute useful information to students, and to reassure them.

To ensure that the exam – which is crucial to the future of the candidates – will run as smoothly as possible, the Algerian government allocated 2.6 billion dinars to cover all expenses.

Some candidates are hopeful, while others are sceptical. Imane, 17, said she feels reassured by the fact that "the authorities are taking the bac seriously".

"It's our future that's at stake," she continued. "That can't be taken lightly, but I don't understand why it would be a bad thing to find out the results early. I hope we’ll be able to find out our marks on the Internet, as in previous years."

Imane hopes to achieve an average of at least 13/20, so that she can follow her dream of becoming a doctor.

Her mother, Safia, is apparently unimpressed by the tough measures taken to prevent cheating. "I get the feeling they're taking our kids for plagiarists... as a teacher myself I have had to monitor baccalaureate exams. Cases of cheating are very rare," she told Magharebia.

The opinions of secondary teachers are just as divided. "It's a case of déjà vu," said Mr. Aouchar, a maths teacher in Algiers. "Every year we hear new and old promises, but last year there were still mistakes in question papers."

No fewer than 444,514 candidates (263,330 schoolchildren and 181,184 private candidates) will take this year's exams. Last year 53% of candidates passed the important exam, which opens the door to university study.

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    amine nair 2010-4-27

    God willing, we are going to get our bacs, my brother Algerians.

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    KOZA 2010-3-13

    Please, give me the website for the bac exam. Thank you. –Good luck!

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    mira 2010-3-4

    I am studying foreign languages. I take my bac exam this year. I am stressed.

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    mohamed 2010-1-20

    I want to study for the exam; what should I begin with?

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    maria 2009-9-1

    give me the sites about baccaleureat nd thx

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    lydia 2009-7-30

    Praise be to God.

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    malek 2009-6-24

    I hope that we will pass it. We are capable and we are all students.

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    sabrin 2009-6-23

    Stay strong! By God, everyone will pass!

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    amina(de blida) 2009-6-19

    I think this is really stupid because we are not stupid for cheating!!!

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    حسناء 2009-6-16

    Salam alikum. May God grant success to everyone. Thank you for this great and nice site.

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    نسرين 2009-6-14

    Oh Lord grant us all success. The exams of 2009 were more difficult than 2009.

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    Zineddine 2009-6-11

    I wish success to all students.

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    minOu_anGeL23 2009-6-10

    God willing we will take the baccalaureate, may God assist us.

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    Kaza 2009-6-6

    Well, what more is there to say beside "Stay strong, everyone!" Tomorrow is the big day. We are going to make it. This promises to be too stressful, but, fine, God willing, we will do it without making too many mistakes on the subject matter.

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    usma_bm 2009-6-5

    ..................mostafa bera... i wish good result in bac 2009 unlike bac 2008

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    ABDEL 2009-6-5

    How many teachers who monitored the old programme know about 2009?

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    rachida 2009-6-3

    God willing, I personally pray to God Almighty that all the children of Algeria will succeed in their exams.

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    اسامة البشير 2009-6-3

    What are the lessons of philosophy?

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    salem 2009-6-3

    What are the subjects on Algeria's 2009 bac exam?

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    salah 2009-6-2

    The exam is very nice. One should just have studied. By God it is easy. I have secured in Islamic education 19.5. Oh Lord grant me success and to all students, amen my Lord.

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    CHAIR 2009-6-2

    Mind your own business, or rather, planting your drugs.

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    NADIR 2009-6-2

    I wish success to all baccalaureate students.

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    محمد 2009-6-1

    The problem is not a problem of supervision in the class. It is a problem of education first and from students. Then there is preference of some students over others by the teacher. This means that it is our problem all. You certainly understood what I mean without adding that education is deteriorating. Bye.

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    الجزائر / الشلف anand hamid 2009-5-31

    Salam alikum. Make tight supervision for supervisors by imposing on them strict deterrent measures not on pupils who prey on any opportunity to cheat with a wild desire and sometimes with an exhibition act without deterrent. Cheating is the result of relaxation which sometimes reaches the level of tolerance by some supervisors. The common thing is that cause of the phenomenon should be extracted not cheating phenomenon itself. So it is necessary to implement the measures relentlessly against anyone who does not respect special measures for the exams. This is just an opinion, my brother, sister reader. Long live North Africa strong, united and prosperous.

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    كنزة 2009-5-31

    We thank you for this interest. We hope you won't make supervision very tight because it will harm the psychological condition of pupils. We hope you understand our request officials.

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    الجزائر / الشلف anand hamid 2009-5-31

    Salam alikum. Make tight supervision for supervisors by imposing on them strict deterrent measures not on pupils who prey on any opportunity to cheat with a wild desire and sometimes with an exhibition act without deterrent. Cheating is the result of relaxation which sometimes reaches the level of tolerance by some supervisors. The common thing is that cause of the phenomenon should be extracted not cheating phenomenon itself. So it is necessary to implement the measures relentlessly against anyone who does not respect special measures for the exams. This is just an opinion, my brother, sister reader.

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    rachel 2009-5-30

    This is a good sign. The education system in Algeria is becoming more and more modern and viable. I think that having psychologists for the students is a sign of civility and conscientiousness.

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    عياش 2009-5-30

    What are the possible subjects in the department of arts and philosophy?

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