Monday 23 November 2020

Time to hang out the flags? School leaving exam results due today

A schoolbag on a flagpole means someone has passed. Photo: Depositphotos.com

Some 217,000 secondary school pupils will hear this afternoon if they have passed their final exams or not.

Just over half the pupils took vocational exams (vmbo), 62,000 took pre-college havo exams and 42,000 are in vwo classes and hoping to go to university. Last year’s pass rate was 92%.

It is a modern tradition in the Netherlands to hang the school bags of the successful teenagers on a flag pole outside the house to mark the end of their school days.

Resits for those who did not make the grade take place between June 17 and 20.

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