Soviet students will for the first time be allowed to present their own interpretations of history at exam time, a newspaper reported.

History exams were canceled last year because textbooks have been outpaced by media reports making new revelations about the country's past.Under a new system this year, teachers will be allowed to devise their own tests and students will be permitted to disagree with teachers and textbooks without being penalized, the national teacher's newspaper Uchitelskaya Gazeta said.

Final history exams were called off last year because the textbooks on which they were based were at odds with accounts of Soviet history being printed by the more-open Soviet media, including the exposure of some of the atrocities under dictator Josef V. Stalin.

Students finishing the 10th and final grade of Soviet middle school last year had oral discussions with their teachers instead of exams.