Uruguay: secondary school students with low grades will have more opportunities before repeating the year

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Those young people who have more than five subjects with insufficient marks in December will have support classes until February

Uruguay: secondary school students with low grades will have more opportunities before repeating the year

The National Administration of Public Education also resolved that the absences from class do not affect the promotion of courses

This December the students of basic cycle and high school of Secondary and Labor University of Uruguay (UTU) will not repeat the year, as resolved by the Uruguayan National Administration of Public Education (Anep). In this way, the modality implemented during the pandemic is maintained and, even if students have more than five subjects with insufficient grades, they will be able to pass the course. The intention of the Anep through this change is to be able to give students more time so that they can pass the subjects with greater teaching support.

Those students who do not have a passing grade by the end of the course will attend class for one more week and then they will have a new final activity to try to hit what they could not do during the previous instance. “The good thing is that the groups are going to be smaller because only those who didn't save in the first instance go,” the general director of Secondary School, Jenifer Cherro, told El País.

< p class="paragraph">Then comes the time for the teachers' meeting, in which the students are classified into three large groups: those who fully pass the year, those who do so partially -because they have up to 4 subjects with insufficient marks- and those who have more than 5 insufficient subjects.

The resolution of the Anep allows those who are within this last group, not to have the repetition failure at that moment, but rather to have in Februaryif they still failed to pass any of those subjects. That is to say that no student will repeat the course this December, but those who after the second support period in February and an exam period still have five subjects or more without passing, will repeat. Cherro, for his part, stressed that “repetition is not eliminated”.

This measure also brought criticism, one of them from the counselor elected by the teachers for the Central Board of Directors (Codicen), Julián Mazzoni, who considered the resolution as a “lack of respect” for teachers. “The radical change in the evaluation rules one month after the end of classes destabilizes teaching planning. Applying a pandemic criterion in normal times directly harms the student to the detriment of their learning, ”said the counselor. Meanwhile, the National Federation of Secondary Education Teachers (Fenapes) also rejected the change.

The teacher and graduate in Education, Juan Pedro Mir, agreed with Mazzoni and described the decision as “hasty”. “Noise will be generated in the student population and a deep discomfort in the teachers, that is why listening to the voice of the teachers is something fundamental for the system,” he said and assured that the change is not a “good message.” “The exam cannot be a dirty word,” said Mir, stating that the system should teach students to deal with these situations.

Renato Opertti, member of Eduy21 and master's degree in Educational Research and Senior Expert of the International Office of Education (Unesco-OIE), went in another line and considered the educational system as “obsolete in its way of evaluating”: “Good educational systems in the world are those that give students all kinds of opportunities to achieve their learning and that they are not rigid systems”, expressed and consigned El País

Rocío Schiappapietra, member of Eduy21 and director of the Uruguayan Association of Educational Psychology, He expressed that the best change is to look at the exams as one more instance of learning and not as a “pass” or “disapprove”. However, she did not agree to give more exam opportunities.