First leaving exam court case ruling sides with student

The regional court in Brno made the first ruling in a case connected to the controversial secondary school leaving exams. The case was brought by a female student against the South Moravian Regional Authority for a negligent assessment of her appeal of her exam results. The Regional Court ruled on Friday that the Regional Administration has to re-evaluate with greater care the student’s appeal against a failing score in the Czech language written exam.

This year, Czech students took the first unified state leaving exams, with a 21.2 percent rate of failure, which is an increase of 1.7 percentage points from last year’s test run. Many students have filed complaints over the grading of the test, especially the essay sections. Regional Administrations have complied with approximately a third of the complaints. Education Minister Petr Fiala recently sacked the head of the company that created the tests and ordered and audit of the exams.

Author: Masha Volynsky