Big changes in high school exams slated for 2020

The National Center for Education (VISC) is planning changing the high school exit exam system from 2020, Guntars Catlaks, the head of the center, told the Saeima Education Culture and Science Commission Tuesday.

According to Catlaks, under the new arrangement grade 12 high school students could choose four or five subjects that they would specialize in, forgoing other subjects.

While in grade 11 pupils would have to take exams in compulsory subjects like maths and the Latvian language.

He argued that currently the exit exams cover an exceedingly large range of subjects. 

At the moment high school students in Latvia have to take at least four exams - a Latvian language exam, a second language (English, German, Russian or French) exam, maths, and at least one choice exam in another subject. 

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