Ministry Workers to Take High School Estonian Exam ({{commentsTotal}})

Writing the essay on the
Writing the essay on the "Mother Tongue" final has been a right of passage for 12th graders. Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

More than a quarter of Ministry of Education and Research employees have volunteered to squeeze behind exam desks on Monday, concurrently with 10,300 of the nation's 12th graders, to take a new version of the state high school final for Estonian language.

Their goal is to get a sense of how well the new exam works as well as to assess their own abilities in word use and composition, a statement from the ministry said.

Traditionally, the graduation exam involved composing an essay on one of a choice of topics. The main change implemented this year, according to the ministry, is the addition of a functional reading comprehension component. The second part of the exam will now involve writing a shorter essay using base texts.

In a display of solidarity with the 12th graders, a number of personnel at the Ministry of Finance and the National Archives have also pledged to take the exam.

 

Steve Roman



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