Senate approves changes to high-school leaving exams


The senate has approved an amendment on Wednesday that introduces changes to the format of the state secondary school leaving exams. The amendment, proposed by the Education Ministry, stipulates that there will be two instead of three required subject test – Czech language plus a foreign language or mathematics. Student will also have only two optional additional subject tests. In order for the changes to come into effect already in this school year, the president will have to sign the bill into force before November 15. These changes, according to Education Minister Petr Fiala, are only temporary until a more comprehensive overhaul of the new unified secondary school leaving exams, which have met with a lot of criticism, can be introduced.