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Almost 80% of Polish students pass school-leaving exams: officials

05.07.2022 14:00
Almost 80 percent of students rounding off their school education in Poland passed their final exams this year, officials said on Tuesday.
Polands Education Minister Przemysław Czarnek.
Poland's Education Minister Przemysław Czarnek.Photo: PAP/Mateusz Marek

The head of Poland’s Central Examination Commission, Marcin Smolik, said the pass rate - 78.2% - was better than last year.

At a press conference, Poland’s Education Minister Przemysław Czarnek said that “nearly 10,000 more students passed their high school exams this year than last year,” which "proved to be consistent with the ministry’s predictions."

Czarnek added that this was largely thanks to ending remote learning and returning to in-person instruction in schools after the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 289,000 secondary school graduates took their final exams in Poland in May. Along with young Poles, the tests were taken by 41 Ukrainian students, who came to Poland after Russia's invasion of their country.

The matura school-leaving tests are a rite of passage that determines Polish teenagers’ future to a large degree.

In order to pass, students had to obtain a result of at least 30 percent in each of three compulsory subjects.

This year, 96 percent passed an exam testing their knowledge of the Polish language.

Meanwhile, 86 percent passed a math test, and 96 percent passed an exam in English.

Students had to select one foreign language on which they would be tested, with English, as usual, being the most popular choice, according to officials.


Source: PAP