My three children attended German Gymnasium (secondary school) and two sat the Abitur. We removed our youngest daughter when she was 16 because of my alarm about the low academic standard. She went on to do her A- levels in England.
Intrigued by my concern, her Gymnasium teacher of mathematics and Latin asked me to obtain for him examples of A-level examination papers in those subjects. After very careful study of them, he wrote to me detailing the massive discrepancy between what was required of his students and what of British students. He admitted that his students would only be able to tackle a small fraction of the mathematics papers and 'maybe a little of the translation part of the Latin papers'.
May I suggest the German Embassy acquires the A-level German papers for a start and ask whether most Gymnasium students could tackle the literature paper.
MOYA FRENZ ST LEGER
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