Every year the scenario repeats itself. People moan over the high number of students failing the exam. This year it was an unusually high 25 percent, which supposedly means younger generations of Poles are not exactly a bunch of Albert Einsteins. Now if you think that a 75-percent success ratio is good, please bear in mind that to fail the exam you had to have a score of...30 percent or lower. Yes, 30 percent!
This year's exam was supposedly tricky, hence the 25 percent failure rate, because the math section contained "unconventional" questions. What surprised me the most, however, was that the government body responsible came out immediately to saythat they will rethink this approach before next year's exam, i.e., they will surely dumb it down.
I honestly don't think all the kids these days are morons. I am sure that a lot of them had a score way better than 30. However, the system is certainly moronic.
First of all who the fuck needs an exam that has such a low pass/fail threshold? Especially one that is supposed to qualify students for colleges and universities, few of which hold exams of their own and rather use the result from the "matura" as a grade. Such an exam fails at this utterly. It also fails as a way to motivate young people to study hard and improve their skills. After all what is the prize if only the most lazy/stupid/busy kids don't pass?
This exam is just an element of the entire education system where people pat kids on the back each year lowering standards, requirements, adding useless exams that are designed to be passed by nearly everyone, until these kids finish college.... when they hit a 20 percent unemployment level and suddenly realize the world doesn't need 5,000 new philisophy or Japanese literature graduates, but rather needs butchers, plumbers, or car mechanics who make 3 times more money.
So are the kids morons, no. Are we? not so sure anymore.