In Italy, the high school terminates with a solemn State examination, which once was even called ‘adulthood examination’. It is widely covered by the media, and the students feel great pressure. To add to their misery, it is held between June and July, during the hot Italian summer.
After passing the examination, the few students still willing to enroll in University will often need to take another admission examination.
University admission tests used to be held in Autumn. But this year the technocratic Minister of Instruction and University, just some weeks before leaving office, suddenly took the unprecedented decision to anticipate the admission tests in the summer.
Mr. Roberto Campanelli, the leader of the Student Union, described his fellow students as ‘shocked’.