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Bahrain's new exam plan to raise education standards

Pilot of new national test to be piloted by children, aged 9-12, next week.

A new national exam for nine to 12-year-old children in Bahrain will be piloted next week before being introduced at the end of every school year, education chiefs have announced.

The first-of-its-kind exam which aims to improve the standards of government schools will be taken by all students in grades three and six throughout the Gulf state.

It will cover Arabic, maths, science and English language subjects to determined the standards of students and teachers in the country, Gulf Daily News reported on Thursday.

A report will then be presented to the students, schools, teachers and parents on the outcome of the examination.

The move is part of Bahrain's Education Reform Programme headed by Deputy Premier Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa.

There are plans to introduce the examination to higher grades by 2010.

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