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Educational problems.

1. Illiteracy is still a problem in developing countries.

2. Schools don’t have enough money for facilities like computer labs, libraries, or gyms.

3. Teachers have a responsibility to set an example for students.

4. Instead of teaching useless subjects schools should concentrate on developing skills.

5. Tests and exams are necessary because they measure progress and prepare for life.

6. Foreign languages and computer science are the two most needed skills in life. 

7. Teachers should be better paid.

8. Students’ workload is too heavy, teachers give too much homework.

Education and schooling


I go to ………………………………… School/College/University. My school is an old one. It is a big, fascinating, 3-storey building with a  big schoolyard. We can find many classrooms, language and other labs (Geography, History or Science) and computer rooms in my school. The staff room is situated downstairs, where the teachers spend their breaks. I often use the school library where I can borrow compulsory books and other interesting dictionaries or lexicons. We have also got a big gym where the P.E. lessons take place. If we are hungry after the lessons we can eat at the canteen. I think my school is well-equipped.


The lessons normally start at 7.30 and end around 2 p.m. I usually have 6-7-8 lessons a day. The lessons last 45 minutes and we have 10/15 minute breaks in between. There isn’t a separate lunchtime so everybody have lunch after the lessons either at the canteen or at home.


I have got many subjects: Art subjects like Hungarian literature and Grammar, History, Music, Foreign languages, Philosophy and Drawing. Science subjects are: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography and Computer Science. In a technical school students can learn about technical subjects like: Accountancy, Economics, Marketing, Financial studies, Typing, Tourism and many others. At secondary level Physical Education is also compulsory. I am good at ……………..,  ………………… but my weak point is ………….. . My favourite subjects are ……………………….. .


I like my school very much because the teachers are all very kind and well-qualified. It is also a strict school and we have to learn a lot if we want to get good grades The best grade is 5 and the worst is 1. The teacher-student relationship is very fine. My form teacher is very kind, he/she teaches us ……………… and always helps us. My class is outstanding/fine/normal/not so bad. There are ……….. students in my class. The atmosphere is excellent. I have got many friends there. We take school trips and have a nice time together.


Education in Hungary:


In Hungary after crèche children can start nursery school at the age of 3.  In my opinion it is good for a child to play with other children under the control of nursery teachers and it’s fun to play on the swings, sandpits and jungle gyms. Children can start their primary school at the age of 6 or 7. School leaving age is 18, so it is compulsory to go to school till then. Children can study in a primary school until the age of 14. Then they go to secondary school. The 3 main types of the secondary schools are: Grammar School, Technical School and Vocational School. After finishing secondary school children have to take the final examination in various subjects and they get a certificate of their knowledge. They can take the final exam at 2 levels: comparative/middle or higher level. Some children have a good chance to get into a university or college, so they have to take this final exam very well to be accepted.

At a university or college there is a bachelor and master training. In a university or college we don’t have a secondary type schedule. At the beginning of the terms we have to take up compulsory and optional lectures and seminars. It is good because we can organize and arrange our timetable for a term. When a term finishes we have to take exams.

Education in Britain:


In Britain today all children start their education at the age of 5. The school leaving age is 16. First thy go to a primary school. They learn there until the age of 11/12 then they go to secondary school. They can go to grammar school that is for more gifted children. Students who need good practical education can go to secondary modern school. Comprehensive school is the combination of the first 2 types. It is for all kinds of students. 90% of secondary schools in Britain are comprehensive now.

These schools are mainly free state schools. There are private schools too. Children between 8-13 can go to preparatory schools. Public schools are for students from 13 to 18. These schools give the best education and they are usually boarding schools, which provide accommodation for pupils during the term. In Britain the most famous boarding school is Eton.


After the age of 16 they have to take the GCSE – final examination in 5, 10 or 15 subjects. After 2 more years of study at the age of 18 they have to take ‘A’ (Advanced level) examination in 2 or 3 subjects if they want to go on higher education. These test papers are marked by the universities and colleges. The best grade is A and the worst is E.

There are many universities and colleges in Britain. Students can achieve Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.


Learning languages is very important because without a language exam you can’t get a degree in Hungary. Nowadays if you would like to get a good job, you have to be able to speak foreign languages. You can get to know the culture of other nations and you can use a foreign language not only in its native country but everywhere in the world. You can read books and magazines in the original or watch a good American film without translation. We can make friends all over the world.