Graduation in the third year? The final exam will change!

At some grammar schools, for example, students take over the entire history in the second year, and a student can apply for a high school diploma in the third year.

The Matura exam will change, it should be more flexible. The Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport (MŠVVaŠ) SR wants it to be possible to graduate in earlier years, when the student takes over the specified curriculum and completes the framework curriculum.

This follows from the amendment to the Education Act (School Act), which was submitted to the interdepartmental comment procedure by the Ministry of Education.

Graduation in the third year

At some grammar schools, for example, students take over the entire history in the second year, and a student can apply for a high school diploma in the third year. According to the Ministry of Education, students can spread their energy over several years and individually plan their high school diploma from other subjects as well. The Ministry of Education also wants to enable graduates to take an exam in several voluntary subjects. Currently, it is possible to take the Matura exam from only two such subjects.

The amendment reflects suggestions from practice, for example, it is planned to introduce a maximum number of 25 children in the children’s school club. The admission procedure is also to be changed. The secondary school will publish the criteria one and a half years in advance, so that the eighth will be able to better think about their choice of secondary school. The student will enter the order of schools in the application and on the basis of this order he should start at the first school for which he will be accepted.

“The principal of a secondary school shall publish the list of candidates according to the results of the admission procedure within three working days from the date of the end of the admission procedure.” it is stated in the bill.

Other changes

From September, compulsory pre-primary education for children is to apply. According to the amendment, its completion will also be possible in non-network kindergartens for the next three years. The Ministry of Education also plans to reduce the bureaucratic burden for teachers and schools.

Another change is the use of resources in education. Schools will be able to form “clusters” in which they can feed staff, such as an economist, an IT teacher or an inclusive team. Thus, two smaller schools can share such staff support.

The draft law also proposes the addition of definitions of new terms, such as terms such as national school, national school facility, international program, alternative educational program, alternative educational program. It is also proposed to supplement the definition of a participant in education and training in order not to use the term pupil for adult participants in education and training in primary and secondary schools. The definition of inclusive education is also added so as not to be confused with the concept of integration.

Number of students

The aim of the proposed legislation is also to respond more flexibly to potential changes in the organization of teaching, related to the number of pupils in individual classes and groups. It is proposed to introduce an average number of pupils in a given grade, which is geared towards pupils, in order to maintain the number of classes without the need to combine classes if the number of pupils in one class of the school is lower than the lowest number of pupils.

“The lowest average number of pupils in primary school classes is at least 13,” it is stated in the submitted law. In the second grade it should be on average at least 15 pupils, in secondary schools in the full-time form of study at least 17 and in the external form of study at least eight pupils.

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