193 Jewish Pupils of Polish Technical Schools Pass Exams

One hundred and ninety-three Jewish pupils attending the Technical schools in Poland subsidized by the Jewish Colonization Association have passed their obligatory vocational examinations out of 209 pupils who stood for examinations. This high percentage of passes—92 per cent—of Jewish boys all of the age of about 14, must be considered as highly satisfactory, especially when the unfavorable conditions under which the examinations were held are taken into account.

In spite of the excellent results which the young pupils have achieved in their examinations, authorization to hold these tests in their own schools is still withheld by the Polish authorities, with few exceptions, so that most of the Christian students enjoy most favorable conditions as compared with their Jewish colleagues. The majority of the Jewish students are compelled to appear before the examiners in Christian schools, and in some instances this means that they have to travel to other districts for the purpose.

The members of the examining commissions are often unfavorably disposed to the Jewish students who have to have their examinations in conditions with which they are not acquainted and on machines which are not always in good condition.

In view of these difficulties the conclusion can be drawn, in face of the success of the Jewish students in their examinations, that the instruction given to the Jewish youth in the Jewish Colonization Association schools is really designed to turn out expert technical students.

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