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Each autonomous community will decide the number of suspensions with which the students can obtain the title


Isabel Cela: “I will not have approved the general”

All students will pass to the next course in a general way. The third trimester evaluation will only serve to make a diagnosis and cannot be suspended. If anything, serve to recover the other two previous ones. Each autonomous community decides on its own the criteria with which the students will be able to obtain the title.

These are some of the measures agreed this Wednesday between the Minister of Education, Isabel Cela, and the autonomous communities in theEducation Sector Conferenceto close this unprecedented course due to the closing of classrooms due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Government insists that it is not a general pass, because the next year the students will have to make up what they have not passed, but the Minister of Education of Madrid,Enrique Ossorio, points out that the agreed solutions are too benevolent.

“They are going in the wrong direction and some autonomous community might be tempted to do so[el aprobado general]”, said the Madrid councilor.

Madrid disagrees

The document with the agreed measures, which would lead to a ministerial order, was approved by most of the regions, but Madrid did not endorse it. This region does not share the proposal that the third evaluation be of a diagnostic nature only. This means that the final grades will only value the first two quarters, in which a face-to-face class has been taught. More clear: no student can suspend for what he studies from now on. This evaluation will even serve to clear previous bad grades and make up the previous quarters if they have been suspended.

Cela’s words have been: “That this third trimester is not a disadvantage for any student, that it serves, in any case, to benefit them, to make up the first two trimesters. The third trimester must be positively computed, it cannot be computed negatively. “

The ministry raised during the meeting to replace the “academic” character of this third evaluation with the “formative” one. “To reduce the evaluation to its diagnostic or formative value is to devalue the concept of evaluation,” Ossorio has denounced.

‘Arbitrary’ criteria

There are more measures that will bring problems. Cela defended this morning in Congress that the “general rule” will be automatic promotion and the “exception” will be to repeat. This, in practice, implies that the autonomous communities will be able to “relax” the criteria for obtaining degrees from theTHAT,high schoolorFPresigning to an exhaustive fulfillment of the same, something that is translated, according to Madrid, in being able to obtain the title with seven suspended subjects.

The document, to which EL MUNDO has had access, makes it clear that, as Cela pointed out, obtaining the title of ESO or Baccalaureate should be the usual practice. Limitations to obtain the degree that affect the number of pending areas will not be taken into account, he points out. Suspensors shall not be obstacles.

Given that the norm is now that there be a general promotion, the educational teams will have to justify in a very solidly argued way why they want a student to repeat. They must provide an individualized report and a recovery plan. When Cela was asked if Selectivity could be done with failures, she slipped away: “We are not talking about failures or passers, we are talking about a continuous, global evaluation. Everything that cannot be worked on at the end of this course will be worked on the following ” And the students who go to college?

On the other hand, the Government and the autonomous communities agreed to open the schools in July to give reinforcement classes on core subjects (Tongue,Math,Science,Foreign language) to students with educational needs, as claimed by some organizations such asSave the Children. They will be compulsory for the autonomous communities and of voluntary choice for the students.

Reinforcement plan

The idea is to make a reinforcement plan, but without advancing on the agenda, a kind of mixture between theBOWand the regional plans that Andalusia, Castile and Len or Catalonia have, which already open classrooms after school hours to help the stragglers.

This does not mean that the course extends beyond June, Cela has warned, explaining that the reinforcement activities will be combined with “leisure and free time” activities.

The teachers unions are very critical of this measure and require that the teachers who teach these classes are not the same teachers who work throughout the course, something that the Government and the autonomous communities agree to. They will be monitors or interns outside the centers.

The counselors asked for additional financial resources from the ministry “because it will be made with additional payments to the teaching staff.”

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