A tough summer for students

University and technical college entrance examinations for tens of thousands of high school students will begin on May 19, the Education Ministry revealed yesterday, as another two Athens universities extended their academic year to allow students to catch up on lessons missed due to the protracted student protests. Some 93,000 high school graduates will compete for some 67,000 university places from May 19, with most due to finish by the end of May, and the remainder by June 2. This is the first year that students will be sitting examinations for six subjects, instead of nine as was previously the case. The high school graduates’ examinations will be followed by examinations for graduates of technical and vocational high schools (TEE). Only about one in two TEE candidates are expected to be successful, as more than 144,000 candidates are to battle it out for just over 82,000 university and technical college places. This second phase of exams is scheduled to conclude on June 27. Examination results are to be made public at the end of June or by the beginning of July. Meanwhile, the University of Athens and Panteion University, also in Athens, said they would be extending the length of their academic year so that university students can make up lessons missed due to two months of professors’ strikes. The senates of the two universities yesterday voted to extend their respective academic years by about a month until the end of July so the missed lessons can be covered. Some lessons will also be held on Saturdays to help cover more ground in less time, university officials agreed.

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