The Minister of Education of the Nation, Nicolás Trotta, stated in the last hours that “classes have to end” next December, with summer holidays included, as planned. And he specified that “the year will not be promoted automatically”, marked by the pandemic of coronavirus and the suspension of face-to-face classes.
“It is not that there will be no promotion, but that there will be no automatic promotion, which is different, “insisted the official in dialogue with FM Milenium.
Asked about the promotion of the contents of the current school year, the holder of the educational portfolio stated: “When we say that there will be no automatic promotion, we mean that a boy finishes third and will not start fourth as it was this year Rather, next year’s fourth grade is going to be exceptional because, before advancing in that year’s curriculum, we are going to have to guarantee pending third-grade learning. ”
The theme generates doubts and uncertainty between parents and students who are attending state primary and secondary schools in the Metropolitan Area (AMBA).
Clarion He spoke with several of them and they all agree that so far there have been no evaluations with notes, nor newsletter. Instead, they gave pedagogical reports, returns of work (with messages such as “very good” or “approved”) and comments on the performance of the students. As for what will happen this December and during the next year, it is a mystery.
“It is not at all clear. There was a pedagogical evaluation, which they sent us now in the middle of the year, and I estimate that by the end of the year it will be the same. But they did not inform us how the promotion will be. Nothing is known, there is no information, ”says Carolina Marino, mother of three boys (4th and 6th grade and 3rd year) in public schools in Buenos Aires.
“I believe that this year it will be approved for everyone. Those who have done something, those who have done nothing … I don’t think they can evaluate”Says Marino.
Soledad Romano, mother of two girls, also from public schools in the City (one in 1st year and another in a special school), agrees that the issue “is not discussed” and that “it is not known what will happen”.
“They tell you one thing, they tell you another, and in reality they tell you that until this is over they can’t even think about how it will be,” he explains. “Many say that this year they are going to pass the course and that next year they will put together what they did not see this year with that of next year. What are you going to do as an inclusive year. Others say they are hopeful that in October they can start. But nothing is clear yet, “concludes Soledad.
The doubts multiply. Are the boys going to be evaluated at the end of the year? Are they all going to spend the year or will there be repeaters? Next year will they have to receive content that this year they did not receive?
“I think nothing is known”, answers Clarion -To these questions- the education specialist Gustavo Iaies, director of the School of Educational Management of the ESEADE University Institute.
“It seems to me that we must think of a Ministry that sets the parameters and schools that evaluate and define. I don’t think there is a way of thinking about a single national assessment ”, continues Iaies, who proposes“that the parameters are set and schools define how to reach them”.
“I don’t know if at the end of the year, but you have to keep the kids in the system, and think about evaluation and recovery models per school. The principal, the teacher or the teacher and the parents must assume the commitment. We must guarantee the learning, the goals that are sought, and the boys must know the effort. The school can do it. You have to assume a ministry that sets parameters and schools that work with children ”, concludes the specialist.