Siblings are top students in Iraq
After for years of displacement

August 10, 2018 at 10:51 am

Kirkuk, 8 August 2018, Asma and Aseer could realise their dreams and earned the highest degree in Iraq/ Photo: Karwan Salhi

Kirkuk, 8 August 2018, Asma and Aseer could realise their dreams and earned the highest degree in Iraq/ Photo: Karwan Salhi

Karwan Salhi – KirkukNow
Announcing the final baccalauréat results proved that displacement is no barrier for people’s dreams, Asma and Aseer, a sibling in Kirkuk, are the best examples of that.
Asma, 23, and Aseer, 18, earned the highest grade in bac exams in all Iraq while spending four years in displacement.

Displacement
Four years ago on 2 August, the family of Asma and Aseer fled Zab, south of Kirkuk, after two months of the Islamic State (ISIS) takeover. They recalled the mistreatment they have suffered during those two months.

My life was all in displacement, but I had a dream

After four years on the same day, Asma came first with 98.86%, while Aseer with even higher 99.57% in baccalauréat exams, coming right within the top 10 students of the country.
Aseer Muhammad Ahmed told KirkukNow, “My life was all displacement, but I had a dream. Now I’ve realised my dream.”
His family have a history of earning the best results in the exam, “I thought of a way to follow.”
His sister, Asma, could make into the secondary school through preliminary exams, “When we were displaced in Kirkuk, I could not be enrolled due to my age, and I enrolled in preparatory exams and could earn 98.86.”
Preparatory exams are a way to make it into the public education system through evening schools.
When they fled, they first went to Erbil, and later returned to Kirkuk, the part that was controlled by peshmerga and Iraqi forces.

Kirkuk, 8 August 2018, Asma and Aseer with their parents and a sister. Photo: Karwan Salhi

Kirkuk, 8 August 2018, Asma and Aseer with their parents and a sister. Photo: Karwan Salhi

The preparations
Asma studied eight for 12 hours a day. She did not use any smartphones or anything connected to the internet, “I often was studying with my brother, Aseer. I knew the results would be high, as I’ve studied a lot,” said Asma.
Asir was studying eight to 10 hours a day, without any smartphones or electronic games.
The baccalauréat exam is vital for students in Iraq, as it determines which department students could study. Asir instructs students at that grade “not to ever use the social media or even the internet”. He thinks students should allocate their time for studying at that grade.

Girls should aim at their dreams

Asma urges the female students to rejoin schools, even though the preliminary exams.

A family of doctors
The family consists of nine sons, and two sisters. Among the brothers, three of them are doctors, and two are studying to be a physician. One of the girls is a dentist.
Asma aims higher and says she wants to study masters degree. However, Asir intends to be a physician, “I want to serve my city.”
The ministry of education is yet to announce the top 10 students in the country, but they are already among them.

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