Yea I just meant like the length that's similar to the us - 8 years grade school (plus usually 1 for kindergarten) and 4 years high school.
The last I knew there was no federal system for education and different places would break up the 12 years (meant to be the same for everyone) in different ways. 4 + 4 + 4, 8 + 4 or 6 +3 +3 are the most common breakdowns. But the big difference between the US system and Europe is the traditional avoidance of tracking until after high school.
IINM the idea of the new system is to start tracking students at the high school level....
They're also planning to abolish externally-marked exams (leading to a return to the mass corruption found in the previous system)
Very bad idea for just that reason.
allow universities to conduct their own entry tests again (again, leading to mass corruption and nepotism)
Mixed mind here, pretty much all university instructors agree that the quality of incoming students started dropping (at the same time that the 'new' matura was introduced). Though that could be a coincidence (like the population drop which means universities are facing smaller numbers of students applying).