The ministry said the graduation rate is 98.36% in the high school education system and 88.37% in the continuing education system.
The provinces with the rate exceeding 99% include Thai Binh, Nam Dinh, Ha Nam and Bac Ninh in the north and Long An and Vinh Long in the south.
Some less privileged localities like northern Cao Bang and central Quang Ngai and Ninh Thuan provinces record a graduation rate of over 92% while that for the specially difficult northernmost province of Ha Giang was 89.35%.
Meanwhile, this rate is lower in the continuing education system in some provinces with disadvantages such as the Central Highlands provinces of Gia Lai (49.85%) and Kon Tum (50.54%).
The MoET said the graduation rate objectively reflects students’ learning performance, the educational quality of localities, and the seriousness of exam invigilation and marking.
More than 879,700 students took this year’s exam to seek high school graduation. They included nearly 810,400 high school students and over 69,300 others in the continuing education system.
The test’s results are also used for university entrance consideration.
There were five tests in total, which were literature, maths, foreign language, the group of natural science subjects and the group of social science subjects.
Students could choose either the natural science subject group or the social science subject one, but those who registered to take both groups must finish all tests or their results would not be recognised.
Since 2015, high school graduation and university entrance tests have been integrated into one national exam.