Of the students, 5,465 have applied for positions in public universities in Cyprus and Greece while 1,887 just want to get a school leaving certificate. A total of 653 are candidates for military schools.
Exams will last until June 26. The aim of the ministry is to announce the results of the exams as soon as possible, as the exams have already been delayed by the coronavirus. The results should be out after the first 10 days of July.
The number of students taking the exams is the lowest in six years. In 2019 some 7,689 sat the exams, in 2018 approximately 7,700, and in 2017 the figure was 8,137.
This year the exams are held under special conditions due to the coronavirus which made the students study via e-learning for more than two months.
Each exam room will have a maximum of 12 students.