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School leaving exam pass rates get worse

Wednesday 14 March 2012

The number of school leavers passing their final exams has fallen over the past five years, according to new figures from the education ministry.

In 2006, more than 93% of school leavers passed their exams, but last year that had fallen to 90.5%, the figures show. The drop applies across all forms of secondary education.

The pass rate is expected to drop still further this year when new standards for maths, English and Dutch are introduced.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

It makes sense to me... Kids seem to have to work more and more next to their school just to make ends meet or attain some kind of scholarship. So, of course scores are going to drop. Add this in combination with people that were forced to drop out in order to work, it makes perfect sense. I really don't think students are stupider nor lazier than 5 years ago.

By Stupid | 15 March 2012 8:04 AM

If the school system is anything like it has become in Canada, we are passing people who have not met the requirements to move on. Using the excuse that kids are working and therefore don't have time for schoolwork is not going to explain the falling figures entirely.

By Michael K | 15 March 2012 10:50 AM

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