Are the surveys that enter the private life of the students frequent?

The Catalan Generalitat suspended last November, after several complaints, a sociolinguistic study of the University of Lleida that asked high school students if they are independentistas. But it is not the first time that students, in general, have surveys that create controversy.

Which leads us to ask if school-level surveys are necessary, if they are carried out frequently or if they invade the personal lives of students and their families.

All courses, questions like "how many books are in your house?" or "what level of education do your parents have?" They are common in the context questionnaires that accompany the final diagnostic evaluations carried out throughout Spain by students in sixth grade and fourth grade.

But they are anonymous and confidential.

As is the case with second-year baccalaureate students who take the University Access Baccalaureate Assessment (EBAU), to whom they pass a context questionnaire.

Likewise, the PISA international report includes questions to students about themselves and their homes and then, for example, differentiating the average scores in Mathematics, Science and Reading between natives and immigrants or between boys and girls.

All these anonymous surveys on the socio-economic and cultural conditions of the students serve, according to the theory, for the contextualization of the educational results.

"These questionnaires do not concern us, we have not received complaints, but, as in everything, it depends on the use made," says Vice President of the Spanish Confederation of Associations of Parents of Students (Ceapa), Miguel Dueñas .

He agrees that the results of these surveys serve to "improve educational results" and "make statistics" but not if they will be used "pejoratively."

Another different matter is the "with name and surname" and "with clear ideological bias and meddling in the private sphere" surveys that are sometimes commissioned in some communities with co-official language, says Gloria Lago, president and spokesperson of We speak Spanish .

They are defined as a non-partisan association, created by people from different parts of Spain to defend the linguistic rights of Spanish speakers.

We speak Spanish and the Assembly for a Bilingual School of Catalonia (AEB) were the ones who denounced the aforementioned survey endorsed by the University of Lleida.

"Parents feel upset about these intrusions," says Lago.

In the questionnaire of the study suspended in Catalonia, the second, third and fourth students of the ESO were asked: "To what extent do you identify with the independence / non-independence movement", with options from 1 to 5.

"To what extent do you feel Catalan / Spanish / from your country of origin" and "How proud are you to be Catalan / Spanish / from your country of origin".

The member of the Ceapa in Catalonia, Javier Chavanel, has told Efe that the AMPA of the affected center, the El Morell Institute of Tarragona, "measured to have a meeting of the parents and the direction of the institute, was held and in it the director apologized "and said that" the content of the survey had not been reviewed because it came from higher instances. "

He believes that "the question was very unfortunate" but stresses that "we should not do more derision of the situation."


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