The German philologists Association calls for stricter assessments of high-school graduates in Germany. Needed more meaningful high school grades, the Association Chairman Susanne Lin-Klitzing, the German press Agency in Berlin said. This was necessary, “if we want the young people to work or study to be prepared”.

Lin-Klitzing explained: “Today, a decision of the conference of Ministers of education for the upper secondary level, a test is considered passed if the student or the student has less than solved the half of the tasks.” The standing conference is a body in which the länder education vote politically.

with regard to the question of whether less than half of the tasks have to be solved for a passing of a test, said the Union boss, and an education researcher: “Here, half of them should be considered as a minimum level.” And it was currently only 90 percent of the tasks must be solved in order to obtain a “Very good”. “Here, it should be back to 100 percent.”

Lin-Klitzing justified its claims in accordance with the stricter rules with the requirements in the professional life after school. “Otherwise, many students receive a positive feedback on your performance, as it corresponds to their real status,” she said. “Beyond the school, resulting in the incorrect self-assessment, but may have problems for the Affected.”

for elementary school students, the Association President, proposed an Amendment: “The primary school’s recommendation should be binding.” Lin-Klitzing criticized: “In most Federal länder parents can decide on their own, on which secondary school their child goes.” It was one-sided.

Instead, a combination of parent request, teacher judgment, and nationwide Tests in the last year of primary school must be in accordance with Germany Standards. “The scores for these Tests should be included as a component in the primary school recommendation,” said Lin-Klitzing. “The recommendation of the teacher should come on the Basis of the further achievements of the pupils and the vote of the parents.”


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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