Student protest plans to introduce uniform final exams


Around 7,000 secondary school students from around the country marched in Prague on Friday in protest against the government’s plan to introduce uniform school-leaving exams. Students take the exam, known as maturita, at the end of their secondary education. Until now, each school designed its own exam. The government wanted to change that from next year and introduce a standard final exam for all students at Czech secondary schools. The protesters said the project was poorly prepared, and complained they did not have enough information about study requirements for the exam. Czech Education Minister Miroslava Kopicová, who met with some of the protesters, said the project could be postponed by a year.