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Sheikh (SL Times): Classes will start at SOS HG Sheikh Secondary School next Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2003, after an earlier decision this month to delay the opening of the school has been revoked.
The previous opening was scheduled for Jan 15, 2003, but had to be put off as members of the Sheikh community staged demonstrations on the same day. The community wanted a secondary school of their own to be established at Sheikh following the takeover of the old Sheikh School by SOS. Frustrated with the lack of an early response to their demand, the community disrupted the opening of the school on Jan 15.
According to SOS board member Abdillahi Ashcari, the whole misunderstanding has been settled thanks to the good offices of Somaliland Vice-President Ahmed Yusuf Yassin and Minister of Education, Ahmed Yusuf Duale.
Ashcari and SOS regional manager Willy Huber arrived in Somaliland earlier in the week to help resolve the matter. About 100 top students in the intermediate school-leaving certificate sat for an examination set in South Africa. The best 50 students were selected for admission to Sheikh.
Ashcari had dismissed allegations that some of the students were not selected according to merit. He said, "It has been a whole SOS operation from the start. The test was prepared by SOS and the examination papers have been corrected in South Africa with almost the same pattern of scoring achieved again by students."
Commenting on this result, Ashcari said he was very proud of the Somaliland Ministry of Education.