The government of the City of Buenos Aires proposed that secondary school students who owe subjects from both last year and 2019 do overtime to pass.
“It means that there are going to be days when the boysand they will have to meet after class, days that will have to go overtime to make up”, Explained the Buenos Aires Minister of Education, Soledad Acuña in dialogue with LN +.
Students will have different instances to recover the knowledge not acquired at the time: extra hours in school, additional tasks and private teachers for follow-up are some of those opportunities, said Acuña, who warned that “The promotion of these students is being put at stake.”
The official also indicated that it is possible that the students who must recover will have to attend school on Saturdayss: “Today we already have 20 schools that open on those days for about 9,000 students who are going to prepare. They are boys who have between five and eight pending subjects, which means that they had a weak continuity with the institution last year ”.
Acuña then assured that in the City there will not be a single pedagogical unit like that of 2020 and 2021 as a result of the closure of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic. “This time the boys are going to have to accredit the expected knowledge with other additional instances to give another chance to those who could not learn at the time ”.
He also clarified that “those who cannot prove all the knowledge will have to retake the years they have to make up ”.
Acuña, who warned that “the promotion” of students who owe subjects is at stake. Photo: Rolando Andrade Stracuzzi
In March of this year, four out of ten Buenos Aires high school students accumulated pending subjects: those that they had before as “previous” plus those that were added in 2020 with the qualification “In process”.
Due to the special provisions established by the pandemic, these students did not repeat, but they spent the year under the figure of “accompanied promotion” and they are left with more and more “hanging” subjects, which means a threat to their future educational trajectory.
Faced with the concern generated by this situation, and determined that this time only those students who prove the necessary knowledge will promote, the Buenos Aires Ministry of Education put together a different scheme. In addition to the traditional evaluation and grading, in the second half of the year there will be a “Second newsletter” personalized for those who owe matters. It will be a sort of “roadmap” destined to pave the way for promotion.
Those students will receive their “custom plan” in August and they will have until November to complete it in order to promote the subjects and avoid reaching the final exam in each one of them. Anyway, if they don’t make it, they will still have the instance of the classic tables from December and February.
The new evaluation tool will be implemented in all Buenos Aires schools, public and private. The schools have already received the material describing the procedure. Directors and teachers will have a “day of institutional improvement” this Wednesday, in which they will work on the way in which it will be carried out in each institution.
From the Buenos Aires Ministry of Education they emphasize the exceptional situation imposed by remote education last year and that the students not all the contents of the subjects will be taken, but those who have been prioritized in the context of the health emergency.
And they clarify that “it is a selection of minimal content for this conjuncture that functions as a threshold, a gateway and educational inclusion that guides teaching and assessment proposals and aspires to offer equal learning opportunities, while enabling schools to advance with the teaching of content of all the Curricular Design, to the extent that they consider it possible ”.
The novelty is that this document must be signed by the parents, student and school. The idea is that it works as a written commitment on the steps that must be followed.