Over 150,000 start school tests today

Around 153,500 children in the last year of primary school begin the annual Cito test on Tuesday.

Some 6,211 schools throughout the country, 85% of the total, are taking part in this year’s test which is used to help determine what type of secondary education a child should follow.
This year the Cito organisation has introduced an intelligence test alongside the traditional exam to measure children’s potential as well as their performance, reports NRC. Some 200 schools have added this new test to their evaluation process, the paper says.
This year has also seen a public discussion on whether the test should be moved on to later in the school year so that pupils continue to learn right up to the summer holiday. Currently little extra school work is done once the test has been taken in February.

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