Exam marks law to change

A draft law due to be approved by the Cabinet today will scrap legislation requiring senior high school students to get at least 50 percent on their university entrance exams so that they can move on to tertiary educations, Kathimerini understands. The previous New Democracy government changed the law so pupils taking the exams had to get 10 out of 20 (the maximum mark) in order to qualify for a place at university. PASOK now plans to revert to the old system where a minimum grade is not required and all available places at tertiary institutions are filled. Following a Council of State ruling that degrees from private colleges be fully recognized, Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou is also planning to introduce a new evaluation system for these institutions, so that the state can ensure that they meet certain minimum requirements.