Israeli occupation forces have heartbreakingly dashed the dreams and aspirations of 23 Palestinian families, denying them the joy of seeing their children take the General Secondary Education Certificate (Tawjihi) exams.
Tragically, 6 Palestinian Tawjihi students were massacred by Israeli troops, with one of them being killed after completing the exams. In addition to this devastating toll, 17 students who were preparing to sit for the exams are now unjustly imprisoned in Israeli jails.
The Ministry of Education revealed that 5 of the martyrs had already passed away before the exam season this year. One courageous student, Majdi Arrarawi, bravely took the exams at Jenin Industrial School, achieving an impressive grade of 90.4%.
However, he too fell victim to the occupation’s cruelty, with his family and friends mourning his loss beside his grave as they received the exam results.
The young martyrs were identified as Mahmoud Al-Saadi, Wadi Abu Ramuz, Ahmed Draghma, Osama Adawi, and Mohammad Turkman. Their untimely deaths have left their families, friends, and communities devastated, their potential forever unrealized.
Despite the heavy burden of grief, the Ministry of Education proceeded with releasing the results of the first session of the General Secondary Education Certificate exams for the academic year 2023/2024. This bittersweet moment brought mixed emotions to the 87,826 students who participated in the exams.
Yet, the pervasive presence of the ongoing Israeli occupation continues to cast a sorrowful shadow over the lives of Palestinian youth, robbing them of the simple joys of education and the promise of a brighter future.