The Hungarian school system is trash, and I go to a relatively "bad" school.
There are a lot of problems with the system in general, like the overly large quantity of data that is taught, the number of classes (35-36 a week, and then do after school activities and such) and of course being understaffed and underfunded in a lot of departments.
I talk a lot with teachers after classes. Let's be honest, I only talk to teachers basically. They say interesting bits and pieces about the given subject, and it's nice. Everyone greets me by name, because we've talked so much about stuff. And this is what matters. Having a true student-master relationship.
>Abitur in latin
The good old days. My private math teacher is a guy who lived in West Germany and told me that a pre-war Abitur would make a top student today scratch his head in confusion.
Well, here at the end of HS you have to take 5 matura exams.
All of them are two level. One normal and one "Elevated level".
The five exams mean five subjects. History, Grammar&Literature, Mathematics, A foreign language of the student's choice, and a subject of the student's choice.
Elevated exams are worth more points when you apply to a university, and they can help you land a state funded course. (If you don't get a state funded place, then you have to pay to study what you want)
I already did two of these exams, with one being an Elevated English exam and the other a normal level German (Which is will be my free choice subject)
If you know what you are doing, they are piss easy apparently. I mean I almost failed mathematics last year, but did the mock exam with a mark 3, which entails "Mediocre performance" (Here 1 is a failing grade, 5 is the best possible grade).
My new literature teacher is pretty good. She genuinely cares about the works she mentions. I'm happy that she already gave us two epic poems to read at home.
The old one was like the ones you've mentioned. She found the works herself boring, and made us read condensed versions or rewrites. Or just a basic plot structure. I hated it. There is nothing worse when you are enthusiastic about something and they want you to piss off. It's nice to have people have expectations of you.
I picked literature as one of my extra subjects, because an elevated exam lands me plus points if I want to take China Studies at university.
And it's important to know my own language too if I want to be a translator. Someone who isn't well read can't translate something in a serviceable manner.
I like school because I have goals I want to achieve, and school gives me the tools to achieve it.