The high school graduates appealed to the Examination Arbitration College regarding the assessment of over 1.5 thousand tasks. The largest number of appeals concerned tasks in biology and the Polish language. The Central Examination Commission announced that the college decided in favor of high school graduates in the case of 57 tasks.
In the case of an appeal to the Examination Arbitration Board, the candidates are required to indicate specific tasks, in the case of which they do not agree with the decision of the director of the regional examination commission regarding the examination grade. They must also justify their opinion, explaining the substantive correctness of the solution to the task and its compliance with the command.
In accordance with the regulations, each high school graduate may apply to the competent regional examination board for access to their assessed work. May take a photo of the exam sheet. If he has reservations about the grade, he may apply – as in previous years – for verification to the director of the district examination commission. The OKE Director – after considering the application – may change the assessment or maintain the current one.
If the high school graduate still questions the result of the matura exam, he may appeal to the Examination Arbitration Board. The application for appeal to the College should be submitted within 7 days from the date of receipt of information from OKE regarding the result of the verification of the sum of points. The application may only concern the assessment of tasks that have not been positively verified by OKE. Although the application is formally addressed to the director of the Central Examination Commission, it should be submitted to the home regional examination commission.
High school graduates submitted applications for access to over 29,000 examination sheets
The application is reconsidered by the District Examination Commission. The OKE Director may accept the entire appeal, or only part of the response, or not accept it at all. It is the answers that it does not consider forwarding to the Central Examination Commission. The Director of CKE refers them to the Examination Arbitration College. The College is composed of experienced examiners and experts in a specific field of science.
As reported by the director of the Central Examination Commission, Marcin Smolik, in 2021 (as of August 3 this year), the candidates submitted applications to OKE for access to 29,151 examination sheets. In the case of 7,991 sheets – upon inspection – the candidates applied for verification of the sum of the awarded points. OKE directors decided in favor of the candidates in the case of 1,536 sheets. Further data will be collected from OKE – according to the coordinated data plan – on November 26.
Decisions in favor of high school graduates in the case of 57 tasks
As in previous years, high school graduates who did not agree with the decision of the OKE director appealed to the Examination Arbitration College. The high school graduates appealed 1 564 tasks (as of September 10). The highest number of references (about 82 percent in total) concerned tasks in: biology at the advanced level (842 tasks) and the Polish language at the basic and extended level (441 tasks). The college made decisions in favor of high school graduates in the case of 57 tasks. In the case of the remaining tasks (1,507) – the College upheld the decision of the OKE director.
This year, due to the COVID-19 epidemic and the need to conduct remote education, the matriculation examination was conducted on the basis of the examination requirements announced in December last year, and not on the basis of the requirements set out in the general education curriculum. The examination requirements are a narrow catalog of requirements (by 20-30 percent) specified in the basis.
As in previous years, high school graduates had to take three written exams: in Polish, mathematics and a modern foreign language (obligatory at the basic level).
There were no compulsory oral examinations (in Polish and a foreign language) this year. Only those high school graduates who need an oral exam result when enrolling at universities abroad were allowed to pass them. There was also no obligation this year to take an exam in one subject at the advanced level, i.e. a subject of choice. Willing people, as in previous years, could take a maximum of six such exams. In order to pass the secondary school-leaving examination, you must obtain at least 30 percent of the points available in compulsory subjects; in the case of optional subjects, there is no credit threshold.
83 percent of this year’s graduates passed their high school diploma
This year, 83 percent of this year’s high school graduates passed their high school exams, the Central Examination Commission informed, taking into account the results of the exams in the May, additional June and August exam sessions. Among this year’s graduates of general secondary schools, 87 percent of those taking the exams passed their final exams, and of those who graduated from technical secondary schools – 75 percent.
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