Matura-The School Leaving Examination in Czech Republic
The official term for Matura in the Czech Republic is maturita or maturitni zkouska. It is a school leaving examination. This examination is taken by the students at the end of their secondary education, and must be passed in order to gain admittance into the higher education institutions in the Czech Republic. The Maturita examination comprises of the common part and a vocational part. Students who have left general secondary schools, i.e. gymnasium must appear only for the state exam, while student who have left other types of secondary schools can sit for both state and vocational parts. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports is responsible for the standardised state exam-common part, while the vocational part is prepared, organised, executed and assessed by individual schools.