Pupils are poised for exams

The first round of university entrance examinations begins tomorrow as some 145,000 senior high school students are preparing to battle it out for just over 82,000 places at universities and technical colleges (TEE). Meanwhile, a new study indicates that the cost of organizing these exams exceeds -20 million. According to math teacher Stratos Stratigakis, this figure only accounts for the logistics and manpower, including the seven-member supervisory committee allocated to every school. The cost of producing the exam papers is not included in this figure, he said. Synaspismos Left Coalition President Alekos Alavanos described the system as «counterproductive and inefficient.» This is the first year students will be sitting exams for six subjects instead of nine and the third year that stricter entrance requirements a grade of at least 10 out of 20 in each exam – will be in effect. Most students are due to finish their exams by the end of May and the rest by June 2. The school graduates’ exams will be followed by those for TEE students which conclude at the end of June.