The Government does not believe that students can go back to lessons short-term, in fact, even though the Alarm status It has received an extension in Congress and will last at least until Easter, the return to schools will be further extended. The Ministry of Education He has made his calculations and believes that this return of students to schools will take place in June.
“We have the confidence of being able to attend students in person at the end of the course, even if it’s 15 days, to make a general review “, commented the Minister of the branch, Isabel Celaá, in statements to Onda Cero, where he has also justified the need to continue with the school year, softening, yes, the evaluation requirements.
“We have the confidence to be able to attend students in person at the end of the course, even if they are 15 days, to do a general review”
This forecast means that the return to school will move between mid-April or, in the worst case, in early June, since the evaluation tests for access to university (EVAU) will be located, according to the autonomous communities , between June 22 and July 10. It is the date that the Ministry and the autonomous councilors agreed on Wednesday.
In addition, the possibility remains open that the EVAU may not be easier, but the students may only be evaluated on the content that has been taught in person. But this is something that Education will deal with the autonomous communities from April 11, the date on which the extension of the alarm state ends.
What is clear is that “the second quarter has already concluded”, according to Celaá, and now “we must organize the last quarter.” For that, the minister will meet again with the counselors and will determine if there are conditions to continue on the virtual route with the teaching of the third quarter.
“It is important to reduce the tension in the students who are going to have to be examined”
For Celaá, “it is important to lower the tension of the students who are going to have to be examined”, so that “they are going to have fair conditions”, he has guaranteed, especially taking into account the differences between them as a consequence of the possible gap digital or technological deficiencies in many homes.
The minister has insisted that “the course is not going to be lost for the love of the coronavirus”, so it is studying ways to compensate for the digital gap that may exist in students, although the minister has assured that more than 80 % is in connection with the teachers and they are following the virtual teaching. “We must continue to nurture these possibilities,” he indicated.
The Ministry works with “major companies” to fill the digital divide by activating educational content via mobile
The students are working from home “with hope and application” but there are others who do not have the possibility of working in optimal conditions. For this reason, the minister asked the counselors of the autonomous communities this Wednesday for a work to identify students (who calculates around 10% or 12%) who, due to socioeconomic status or other vicissitudes, are not connected with the teaching staff. “There are students who due to digital divide or other causes are not connected,” he admitted, so the minister has reported that he is in contact “with important companies” to try to fix it.
“We will move forward when there are similar conditions for everyone,” he has justified, and the solution would be for the mobile to become the medium as it is “the most democratic tool.” “You have to act by activating educational content through your mobile,” Celaá has bet.