THE FINAL tests administered this year to primary-school leavers across Slovakia produced worse results than last year, with only 4.4 percent of pupils scoring higher than 90 percent of all possible points in Slovak language and mathematics, the National Institute of Certified Measurements of Education (NUCEM) announced on June 9, as reported by the TASR newswire.

More than 7 percent of pupils scored higher than 90 percent last year. Pupils with a score of at least 90 percent are admitted to secondary schools without having to take entrance exams.

Pupils from larger schools (with more than 82 school-leavers) and from towns with a population above 15,000 did significantly better in the tests, said NUCEM. Also, pupils from church-run schools scored higher than their peers from state-run and private schools. Girls performed slightly better on average than boys, TASR reported.

The tests have also revealed that significantly worse results were posted in districts with high unemployment.

The average result for a pupil in maths in 2014 was 54.67 percent, while last year it was more than 60 percent. The average result in Slovak language was 62 percent in 2014, while it was 67.51 percent in 2013.

The tests carried out in schools with Hungarian as the language of instruction were also worse in a yearly comparison. Pupils scored 56.35 percent in Hungarian-language tests this year, while last year the average result stood at 62.74 percent, TASR wrote.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports.
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