Mogadishu, May 27, 2019.
Like most Federal Ministries in Mogadishu, the Education Ministry exists only by name. Minister Godax Barre doesn’t control even one classroom in Mogadishu. That is because the education sector in Southern Somalia come under private business cartels called “Education Umberella” (Daladaha Waxbarashada). This nominal education minister has no influence whatsoever. Godax is begging the Education Umberella to allow his proposal for centralized exams, in which the government can’t secure or implement them, for it has neither the necessary personnel nor any capacity close to that of Puntland State, for instance. Regardless of quality of education in Puntland, they have been conducting seamlessly centralized exams for a good number of school years.
How does Godax prepare, safeguard, distribute, supervise and return the exams safely?
So, Godax wants the Umberella personnel to do the job for him/Ministry. But, the Umberella is a bunch of private schools watching guardedly for their business bottom-line, and they don’t want their respective students failed in this so-called “centralized exams”. They leak the exams to their students. Others sell the exams to the students. The result is that no one can secure these exams.
Instead of asking Puntland for help to share its experience and capacity with his disfunctional portfolio, Godax found fun in bashing Puntland. Good luck!
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