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Sadigh, P. & Polke-Majewski, K.  Zeit Online (22 June 2012)

The abbreviation of the German high school diploma from 13 to 12 school years has brought dilemmas since its implementation.  Although some Germans point to other nations in the world having 12 years of public school programs as the reason for the switch in policy, others believe having 13 years of public education provides a realistic timeframe for learning the curricula.  Despite the debate between the two sides, starting in 2013 pupils in some German states will be able to choose if they want to complete their diploma in 12 or 13 years.

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