Zermatt: About 114,000 students want to take the matriculation course, about 10,000 more than last year

Zermatt: About 114,000 students want to take the matriculation course, about 10,000 more than last year

Zermat: About 114,000 students want to graduate, about 10,000 more than last year

Unified entrance exams for the eight-year high school, April 19, 2022 at the Masaryk High School in Pilsen.

Prague – Approximately 114,000 applicants submitted applications for the uniform entrance exams for matriculation studies at secondary schools and multi-year gymnasiums. Last year, 103,000 children signed up for the exams organized by Cermat. These are the numbers of applicants registered by March 1. Cermat spokeswoman Jana Patáková told ČTK today.

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In this school year, according to data from the Ministry of Education, about 106,000 pupils are studying in the ninth grade of elementary schools, which is roughly 33 percent more than four years ago. In addition to children from the demographically strong class, refugees from Russia-attacked Ukraine are also applying to secondary schools this year, who will have adjusted conditions for the entrance exams. “Approximately 114,000 applicants applied for the first regular term of the uniform entrance exams and 98,000 applicants for the second term. The applicant has the option of submitting two applications,” said Patáková.

The number of schoolchildren completing primary education has been increasing in recent years. In the last school year, 95,198 children studied in the ninth grade, a year earlier it was 90,286 and, for example, in the 2018/2019 school year, only 79,703 ninth graders. Already last year, many people interested in studying at secondary schools complained about the lack of places in matriculation subjects. The problem mainly concerned Prague, this year experts expect an excess of people interested in education in other cities as well.

This year, the exams for the first year for four-year courses of secondary education with a matriculation exam and for courses of extension studies will be held on the 13th and 14th April, for multi-year gymnasiums on April 17 and 18. The unified exam consists of a written test in the Czech language and mathematics.

The number of applicants for studies at Czech secondary schools will also increase this year by Ukrainians who came to the Czech Republic because of the war in their homeland. The resort previously reported on its website that in September 2022, 16,761 Ukrainian asylum seekers studied at the second level of elementary schools. Refugees from a war-affected country will, by the authority's decision, take the standardized secondary school entrance exams in a modified form.