Candidate state school teachers performed miserably during last month’s exams by the state hiring council with over 50 percent failing in most disciplines, according to a study made available to Kathimerini. Research by Ionian University lecturer Costas Angelakos showed that fewer than 50 percent of candidates in 11 out of the total 15 disciplines earned a pass mark. All together, 46,746 university graduates sat the test. The worst performers were candidate teachers in economics, only 6.43 percent of whom passed the exam, and sociology (6.56 percent). Some 83.5 percent of candidate physics teachers failed the exam, while only 24.13 percent of literature and ancient Greek graduates managed to scrape through. The failure rate among mathematicians was 57.8 percent Candidate primary school teachers achieved the best results, with 73.67 percent scoring a pass mark. According to Angelakos, the pass rate was lower than during the last exams, held in 2000.