The City of Tallinn has decided to postpone entrance exams of upper secondary schools until May 9 as a precautionary measure in regard of containing the spread of COVID-19. The exams would bring together many students from the capital and other parts of the country.
According to the Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart, the entrance exams of upper secondary schools in Tallinn are attended not only by students from the capital but also by pupils from other parts of Estonia.
“Based on the recommendations of the Health Board and having analysed and evaluated the current situation, we have decided to postpone the entrance exams of upper secondary schools. By doing so, we protect the health of our students and reduce risks, ” explained Kõlvart, adding that the first joint high school tests were planned for the coming weekend. “We aim to prevent the spread of the disease so that we do not have to deal with the consequences. Tallinn is the largest municipality in Estonia, this is also a reason for behind this decision to take early preventive measures to prevent the virus spreading,” added he.
“At the same time, we are also preparing do that if needed, all of our schools would be capable of transitioning to non-stationary learning when needed. In the case of special schools’ for which we cannot consider e-learning possibilities, a suitable solution will be found after considering each case separately, ” said the Mayor.
Admitting schools will promptly provide further information to the entrants.