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Parliamentary questions
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13 June 2019
Answer given by Mr Oettinger on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001810/2019

1. The Commission is aware that the German Kultusministerkonferenz (KMK) has already adopted new equivalence tables for the European Schools’ new marking scale. To the best of Commission’s knowledge, Danish and Swedish authorities have started their analyses but have not elaborated any final documents yet.

2. According to Article 5 of the Convention defining the Statute of European Schools, the relevant national authorities have the responsibility to elaborate appropriate methods to convert the European Baccalaureate’s grades into their respective national systems, as long as European Baccalaureate holders are treated on the same terms as nationals of those Member States with equivalent qualifications.

On 29 March 2019, the Secretary-General of the European Schools provided detailed information on the new marking scale to all national delegations and reminded them on the need to update the existing equivalences between the European Baccalaureate and the national grading systems. All Member States were invited to provide the new equivalence tables in September 2019 at the latest.

In addition, the Secretary-General has undertaken several actions to ensure a harmonised implementation of the new marking system between the Schools (ex. training for teachers and directors, detailed guidelines etc.)

3. Within the European Schools decision-making bodies, the Commission closely follows all issues related to the status and recognition of the European Baccalaureate, including the new marking system. It collaborates with the Secretary-General to ensure equivalences are appropriately updated and, if necessary, reassessed to allow for equal treatment.

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