Education ministry announces examinations shake-up
Final school exams for Czech Secondary School teenagers are to be simplified according to new plans unveiled by Czech Education Minister Petr Fiala. Among the changes are that the exams will no longer be marked by independent evaluators but rather by the teachers who educate the students. Also, a two-tier difficulty level choice will also be eliminated. According to Fiala, the changes will ease administrative burdens, save millions of crowns and make for more understandable marking of papers; he also added that he expects the proposals will receive wide support in parliament. The changes were proposed after the most recent round of such exams led to widespread complaints by students over various components of the exams, particularly in the Czech language and mathematics fields.