School final exams may take place in June and July

Exit exams for ninth-graders and high school students are to be rescheduled, perhaps to June and July, according to the Latvian government.

Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš told the press April 9 that no exams will take place in May, which is usually the time for holding exit exams, the results of which are crucial to getting into universities and state gymnasiums. 

Different scenarios are being considered, Kariņš said. The government is still evaluating whether all exams are to take place on-site or in a mixed way.

If the state of emergency is lifted in Latvia on May 12, exit exams for grade 9 and grade 12 students could take place in June and July.

Should the state of emergency be extended, exit exams could be rescheduled for a later time. But a possibility of giving students their average grade in lieu of taking exams is also in the cards. 

Earlier, Education Minister Ilga Šuplinska said that the ministry is working to hold exams in June. The ministry is weighing options on how to ensure social distancing during the exams. It is possible that the oral part of, say, a language exam could be held remotely.

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