Education in Prekonate
Education in Prekonate consists of twelve years of elementary studies, followed by four years of university or two years of technical school. Prekonate has a high literacy rate (98%) among primary school graduates, particularly for a middle-income country. It ranks favorably on regional measures of education.
Division Two of the Provisions of Opava guarantees every Prekovi person access to education, and access to written materials to advance their own education. Education is provided free at point of access from ages four to sixteen, and is also free at the tertiary level, as long as students score above a certain threshold on standardized tests.
By law, each province must fund one public library for every 30,000 residents. Reading and writing are intertwined with Prekovi culture, which places importance on traditional folk tales as sources of moral and spiritual guidance.
Every Prekovi person attends school full-time from ages four to sixteen. Very few exceptions are made.
Their education is highly standardized; the only subjects taught are mathematics, science, language, and history. The language of instruction is not required to be Prekovi, but language classes must be conducted in Prekovi. By the time they graduate, Prekovi children are expected to understand trigonometry, basic calculus, biology, chemistry, physics, the seminal works of Prekovi literature, civics, and the history of Maredoratica.
Every elementary school is state-sponsored. In some provinces, schools are funded by taxes levied by regional legislatures. In provinces where these taxes would not raise enough money to cover textbooks and teacher salaries, they are funded directly by the Ministry of Education. The Ministry regulates the maximum and minimum amounts that can be spent on each pupil.
Since 1978, gender segregation is illegal, but racial segregation is still widely practiced. The law does not require Mongolic persons to be educated.
National Comparative Test
At age 16, students write the National Comparative Test (Národní srovnávací zkoušky, or NSZ). The NSZ is an applied reasoning examination, the scores from which are strongly correlated with intelligence quotient.
NSZ scores are used to determine a student's eligibility for further education. Students scoring in the upper 10th percentile on the NSZ are guaranteed admission to State University at no cost. Students scoring above the 80th percentile in a technical subject (such as mathematics or engineering) are guaranteed admission to a technical school in their respective subject, also at no cost. Students whose NSZ scores do not make them eligible for further education leave school at 16.
Students who score high enough on the NSZ are eligible to attend one of Prekonate's 35 state universities. Admission is open to all, but in practice, the vast majority of successful applicants are offered places because of their NSZ scores. Only about 15% of Prekovis attend university.
Most university graduates (with the exception of medical students) are exempt from conscription, making it one of the few ways to avoid conscription into the Prekovi Army.
Technical schools offer varied curriculum in engineering and vocational studies. Like university, admission is open to all, but in practice, the vast majority of successful applicants are offered places because of their NSZ scores.
Students have two years of formal classroom-based education in a technical school, followed by two years of experience in their respective field in the Prekovi Army. After their service is complete, they enter the workforce.