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Objections to university exam offensive to women

8-2-2019

A photo posted yesterday on social media for a partial text of an Arabic language exam given to psychology students at Lebanese University (LU), sparked wide disapproval by internet users who believe it ridiculed women’s role in society. Recalling, the text is entitled, ‘The woman and civilization’ extracted from Khalil Gibran’s ‘The Broken Wings’ (https://goo.gl/AhEz1H). On the subject, Al Akhbar newspaper spoke to professor Farid Othman, who justified that, when he wrote the exam, his only concern was to choose a text that “best serves the questions To be put to students”. He said he only heard about the uproar when he received a call from the director of the Humanities department at the LU first branch, who wanted to learn what happened. Othman explained that the questions are strictly grammar and language questions, and are totally irrelevant to the context of ideas included in it, adding that he found it convenient to serve the goals of the language course. (Al Akhbar, Al Mustaqbal, February 8, 2019)
 

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