Bulgarian High School Seniors Sit for Matriculation Exam
A total of 62 000 students from across Bulgaria are sitting Tuesday for their obligatory matriculation in Bulgarian language and literature.
The State administered high-school exit exams in Bulgaria include a mandatory exam in Bulgarian language and literature (BEL) and a second mandatory exam where the students have the right to choose the subject.
The high school seniors are working on an essay about the poem "Exiles" of prominent Bulgarian writer Peyo Yavorov.
The second exam is scheduled for May 23. Both matriculations start at 8 am.
For the second consecutive year, the Education Ministry is organizing on the same day the middle school exit exam for students in grade 7. It starts at 10 am in 1 822 schools across Bulgaria.
The seventh graders are taking their social studies, foreign language, and natural sciences exams on May 27, 28, and 29.
The high school exam is held in 653 schools in the country with students being selected randomly in order to avoid cheating. They are not taking the exam in their own schools for the same reason. Other measures are being taken as well.
The seniors are required to use a black ink pen, and the seventh-graders – a blue one.
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The question here is its use of visuals, photo journalists should take some new photos. It's easy to cover the matriculation exams with a photo of students waiting outside. Bulgarians know there can be no photo of students actually sitting the exam, that is prohibited.
MORE BROADLY, A NEED FOR COVERING STUDENT VOICE: In reporting on the schools, it would be nice to have some student voice input, interviews with kids about what they think. What kind kind of anxiety they enter this high-stakes exam with. TV reportage does this.
Another big question: does Bulgaria need such HIGH-STAKES EXAMS? In some countries there is a broad critique of high-stakes centralized testing of this type, where one exam can change a student's life. And learning is oriented to do well on this final 'crucial' exam.
In the U.S., there's an ogoing 'rebellion' by educators and students ongoing against such tests, stressing instead the need "to develop a system based on multiple forms of assessment which does not require extensive standardized testing, more accurately reflects the broad range of student learning, and is used to support students and improve schools" (FairTest, goo.gl/4Itkw ).
Something to think about when looking at this exam as a strong educational tradition here.