Tawjihi World Cup

تم نشره في Mon 16 June / Jun 2014. 06:21 PM - آخر تعديل في Mon 16 June / Jun 2014. 06:21 PM

By Fahed Khitan

In conjunction with the World Cup, the summer cycle of the Tawjihi exams kicked off; a marathon that lasts for nearly two weeks and in the opinion of some is a relatively long-time compared to what Tawjihi was back in the old days.

It is also long for the public security and gendarmerie personnel, who remain in a state of alert in anticipation of Tawjihi violence, which turned into a phenomenon in recent years.

Security personnel deployment we see these days near examination halls is no different from the security aspects that surround the pitches of the World Cup in Brazil; except in terms of number of troops given the huge size of the football demonstration, compared with a demonstrations of Tawjihi.

The early days of exams passed off peacefully; riots were limited compared with the chaos we have witnessed before that undermined the credibility of the national exam.

Upholding the rule of law and imposing it by legitimate force starting from last year was effective; the students and their parents realized that trying to cheat and overtaking the law would be too costly.

In addition, the technical measures taken to limit the use of technology and media, cut off the road before our students creativity when it comes to fraud, and leaking exam questions.

In each sector, the state should do the same thing. We will see in the beginning fierce resistance from groups benefiting from the absence of the rule of law, but in the end everyone caves in, especially if they find that the law applies to everyone without discrimination.

Just as is the case in the World Cup watched by Jordanians like the rest of the peoples of the world; when the referee upholds the rules of the game no one objects to it no matter how severe punishments are, and aggressive players cannot continue to violate them because they know they will be kicked out.

The Tawjihi students would not have violated the laws as we have seen previously if they thought they will be held accountable. Nor would citizens dare, regardless of their influence and position, to dig artesian wells without a license, had they not seen officials doing the same thing and broking the law. But when the well of the official is shut down before the average citizen, who would dare to steal water?

By the way, our stadiums are like our lives. Therefore, it was not surprising that we failed to reduce the phenomenon of violence and abuses of players and their fans when we were unable to enforce the law in various fields of life.

Jordanians gather these days for two reasons; before the Tawjihi halls waiting for their children to finish the exam, a tradition that is upheld by the majority albeit its meaninglessness, as well as in front of the huge TV screens in coffee shops to follow the World Cup until the end of the night.

Recently, a new player has come to prominence and distracted the citizens, and that is the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its conquests in Iraq.

Many of us began calculating the consequence of a confrontation with it more than we worry about the Tawjihi exams.

Generally, everyone is awaiting the final match in Baghdad; it may be more exciting than the World Cup finale in Brazil.

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This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition.

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