The teachers, against the end of the make-up exams: “It’s absurd, we’re going to give them everything away”

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If the teachers stood in front of the former Minister of Education, Isabel Celaá, when a few months ago he announced that primary and secondary education students could pass the course even having several failed subjects. Now, with the elimination of the recovery exams in ESO that the Ministry has announced, under the command of Pilar Alegria, the anger of the teachers is enormous, according to what several of them say to EL ESPAÑOL.

This last rule is included within the royal decree By which it is intended to regulate the evaluation, promotion and qualification in Primary Education, Secondary Education (ESO), Baccalaureate and Vocational Training (FP), and that the Council of Ministers will approve in the coming weeks.

The scenario is the following. The recovery tests, which until now had been in September although many communities have been moving them to June, will disappear leaving the decisions on promotion and qualification in the hands of the teaching team. In other words, the student will not be given the option to make up failed subjects and the teachers will decide directly whether to pass the course or not.

Thus, according to the text of the royal decree, ESO students will be able to pass the course when teachers consider that the nature of the subjects not passed “allows them to successfully continue the following course and it is estimated that they have favorable recovery expectations.” In any case, it is ensured that “those who have passed the subjects or fields studied or have a negative evaluation in one or two subjects will be promoted.”

In this way, the Ministry wants the measures to be taken before the student fails, for example with reinforcement classes, and that a negative grade is not a definitive criterion for repeating or not graduating.

“It’s stupid”

The Minister of Education, Pilar Alegría.

The Minister of Education, Pilar Alegría.


Absurd. It is the adjective that uses Juan Tabernas, Professor of Physical Education at an institute in Madrid, when he tries to define the measure that Minister Pilar Alegría has inherited and will put into operation. This teacher argues that the decree insists on a “continuous, formative and integrative evaluation”; but, without exams “how is that evaluation going to be?”, he asks himself. “A fundamental part of the evaluation is the tests, but without them what happens?” “When a student fails, they try to help them recover, they are given more time, they can try harder … but without that, how are we going to know if they deserve to pass or not?”, Says Tabernas.

That decision, in any case, will be left to the evaluation board. A completely confusing scenario, according to this professor. “I have been in thousands of evaluation meetings and I, as a teacher, do not conceive that a person who has failed the subject during the entire course, goes to the next one. I do not know how it will be done. And if it is approved, it will be he is doing a disservice, he will not be well prepared for high school or university. Of course, the headline that the Government manages to reduce school failure will be very good, “he ironically.

Similar is the approach of Carmen bongo, Professor of Drawing at ESO. For her, the extraordinary final evaluation is a way of rewarding the effort of the students. “There are boys and girls who, due to whatever circumstance, fail to pass, but with one more opportunity they do. Faced with that, the teacher makes an effort, works, guides them towards the summer and then they are rewarded … “, Explain.

However, now, that possibility will disappear. “For us the grade is something important to pressure, motivate and then reward, everything goes in the qualification, and without it I do not see any kind of sense to the evaluation”, coincide these two teachers and union representatives of ANPE.

Give away subjects

Gregorio MarlascaHowever, it goes one step further. He is a French teacher and maintains that just like passing students with failures to the next year, eliminating the recoveries in September is, directly, “giving away the subjects.” “We are going to make it so much easier for them that in the end we are going to give it to them all. Students should know that absolutely nothing happens to suspend and recover in the month of September.” In addition, this rule, he insists, “undervalues ​​the figure of the teaching staff because the student will come to the conclusion that whatever he does, he will always pass.”

On the other hand, this teacher admits that, for some years, few students have passed in September. The reason, according to him, is that they do not care; while for others, although very few, this call is useful. “Without these tests it will be difficult to show them the consequences that exist if they do not study,” he concludes.

Faced with these three postulates, on the other hand, Raúl, professor of Biology and Geology at ESO, does defend what Education proposes, although “like any great reform, it shakes foundations that were rooted in previous models.”

“If we go to the root of the evaluation, it is not only about to size but to put in value, to give value to a continuous process. An educational system based on attention to diversity should have instruments that allow observing the degree of achievement of objectives and competencies for life continuously, and not only at specific moments, such as examinations, “says this teacher. .


The Minister of Education and spokesman for the regional government, Enrique Ossorio

The Minister of Education and spokesman for the regional government, Enrique Ossorio


The question that remains to be cleared up is whether the autonomous communities will have decision-making capacity when applying these rules or not in the evaluation, promotion and qualification of students.

For the moment, the Ministry of Education has limited itself to pointing out that the drafts are not yet finished. However, some Autonomous Communities have spoken out. Those under socialist mandate, such as Aragón, the Canary Islands, Extremadura, the Balearic Islands, the Valencian Community or Nanarra, have supported the proposal and even in some cases have already transferred to the educational centers that the extraordinary call will disappear so that they do not include it in the current course .

On the other hand, the Community of Madrid, Castilla y León, Galicia, the Basque Country, Andalusia and the Basque Country will not support it. In fact, the Minister of Education of the CAM, Enrique Ossorio, has made it clear that Madrid will do everything possible within its powers so that they do not disappear.

“We are totally against eliminating exams. It is a proposal that falls within the dynamics of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Universities, to go against the social ladder that is education, against merit and effort,” said Ossorio.

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