Constantin Eckner

How Germany avoided an exams crisis

Students at the TU Technical University Dortmund doing their exams in June (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

The timing for Germany’s school-leaving exams couldn’t have been worse this year. Typically, the exams including the Abitur – equivalent of A-levels – take place between March and June to give school leavers enough time to apply for apprenticeships or a place at university as the winter term starts in October. This year, however, the outbreak of the corona pandemic caused schools across Germany to close, casting doubt on whether final exams could take place.

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Constantin Eckner
Constantin Eckner is a Berlin-based journalist and historian. He works for numerous German newspapers and broadcasters

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