Graduates score low marks in hiring exams

Graduates of several faculties who sat for civil service recruitment exams set by the Supreme Council for Personnel Selection (ASEP) in 2002 achieved abysmally low grades, prompting concern over standards at these schools. Only 16.5 percent of physicists, 6.44 percent of economists and 24.13 percent of philologists achieved a passing grade. Primary school teachers performed slightly better, with nearly half scoring a pass mark. The best performances came from English-language teachers (89.6 percent). Among physicists, those who did better were younger candidates who had work experience and postgraduate degrees. ASEP President Georgios Veis said that the Council had tried to «adapt to reality.» «However, it is mainly the responsibility of the Education Ministry to improve the content of studies,» he said.