Every fifth student failed leaving exams

Nearly every fifth student who took the newly launched secondary school leaving exams failed, the Education Ministry has announced. One in ten students did not meet the requirements to take the exams. The highest failure rates were in mathematics, where more than 14% failed. Nine percent failed on the foreign language tests, particularly in German, where every fourth student received a failing grade. The vast majority of students chose to take an easier version of the exams. Education Minister Josef Dobeš said Wednesday that roughly 30 schools had had failure rates of 70%.