Denmark reduces number of school exams due to Covid-19

Denmark reduces number of school exams due to Covid-19
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A broad parliamentary majority has agreed a plan which will see school students attend and take fewer exams amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The agreement means that students at elementary and upper secondary schools will take fewer exams during the current school year.

Vocational schools and adult educational centres (erhvervs- og voksenuddannelser in Danish) are also encompassed by the deal.

“We have had a very thorough consultation with all parties in parliament in relation to creating a balance in which we use as much as possible of what we calling the ‘study holiday’ [læseferien, ed.] on classes,” education minister Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil said.

“But this will be without cancelling all exams, because young people need exam training. That’s why we have cancelled a lot of exams, but also kept some as they are,” Rosenkrantz-Theil added.

“That releases some time for extra classes in which you can go over some of the things that might have been missed with the online classes,” she added.

A proposed trade-off between reading weeks and extra classes had been called for by a number of parties as potential solutions to the challenges faced by currently-closed schools.

Students have spent large parts of the current school year working at home and attending classes online as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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