TUNISIA: Ministry promises 'transparent' admissions

With results due of the baccalauréat, the school-leaving examination that gives its holders the right to higher education, the Tunisian Education Ministry has announced a new, 'transparent' approach to the start of the university year, reported La Presse of Tunis.

An estimated 80,000 school-leavers will enter higher studies, and the ministry must organise allocation of places for all of them. At a press conference Mahmoud Bouhafs, Director-General of Student Affairs, explained new guidance for students and new working methods at the ministry.

The key word is 'transparency', said La Presse, with "all operations taking place in total transparency, taking account only of the scores obtained by the candidates". If there was an anomaly each individual was responsible, and must point it out.

Bouhafs explained there would be three or four stages to the process, with between a quarter and a third of new students allocated places each time. Candidates would be given a guide and a password, giving them access to results and directions on the ministry website.

The ministry was replacing the centralised advice centre previously set up for applicants with a centre in Tunis and about 20 regional centres, said Bouhafs.

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