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From this year 15 education tests are now compulsory. Each test will be designed to evaluate whether the child is eligible to move up to the next year.

According to Stadtschulrat Preident Susanne Brandsteidl the new rules will mean an increase in the number of pupils that are resitting the year.

All of the results need to be registered with the Stadtschulrat with the exception of the tests from children in the first year of primary school. The reason is that in this year forcing a child to repeat a year is not made unless it's voluntarily requested by the parents.

Brandsteidl (SPÖ) said that the aim of the project was to make sure children were not accumulating problems that were then unsolvable later in their school life.

She said that up until now only about 20 percent of teachers had been carrying out the tests that were recommended but were not compulsory. She said that the tests were also help teachers to see whether problems were.

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