Prague - A total of 18.7 percent of Czech secondary school students failed to pass the state leaving exams at first try this year, which has been the worst result since they were introduced in 2011, Jan Pohanka, spokesman for the Cermat centre preparing the exams, told CTK today.
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He said the worst result, 24.1 percent of failures, was registered in mathematics, followed by the German language with more than 20 percent. Overall, the students´ achievements in all subjects were worse than in the past years.
"The too high percentage of the failures is more serious than the year-on-year worsening. It is ineffective and uneconomical. I think that the number of those studying programmes completed with leaving exams is too high," Education Minister Marcel Chladek (Social Democrats, CSSD), said.
The number of students who failed in English rose from 6.4 percent last year to 9.5 this year. The number of Czech language failures rose by 0.4 percentage points to 6.8 percent this year.