Tunisian, 62, to sit for high school diploma

June 14, 2011

A 62-year-old man is among 21 students, aged above 50, sitting for the high school diploma in Tunisia, a local daily said.

“Two of the older students seeking to graduate from high school are women,”Assabah daily said on Tuesday.

Tunisia follows the French Baccalaureate system and holds exams for high school graduation only once a year, in June.

Under Tunisian laws, students are compelled to remain at school until the age of 15, but literacy programmes allow people to sit for exams at advanced ages.

According to the Tunisian education ministry, 126,767 students are taking the baccalaureate exams.

The ministry said that 11 students currently held in prison will also sit for the exams.




About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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