UAE’s Education Ministry Probes Crash of Exam Results Website
The UAE’s Ministry of Education and Youth has launched an investigation into the failure of an internet website designed to give public school students the results of their GSSC examinations, reported the Gulf News on Monday.
The ministry has asked a Dubai-based technology and e-commerce company to investigate whether a technical problem caused the website to crash.
This year was the first time the ministry had attempted to distribute the examination results via the internet. However, surfers found that they could not access the website on July 1 when the results were released.
Ahmed Al Hamly, director of the ministry's Legal Affairs Department, told the Gulf News, "The ministry is very concerned to find out the real circumstances behind this incident."
He rejected suggestions that the website had crashed as a result of over 7,000 students trying to access the site, www.education.gov.ae, at the same time. "The system used for the website is designed to respond to millions of requests at the same time. However, we cannot be certain what happened until the investigation is over," he said.
Emirates and Internet Multimedia (EIM) quickly distanced themselves from the problem, saying that unlike the other websites of the education ministry, the server hosting the GSSC results website was based abroad.
EIM said the problem was not its responsibility – Albawaba.com
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