This Friday, July 10, the most anomalous call to remember from the Baccalaureate Assessment of Access to University ends (EBAU), the old one Selectivity, postponed this year until summer due to the pandemic of coronavirus. Students from Navarra were the first to be examined (between 2June 3 and 26), while those from La Rioja and Cantabria will be the last to do so, specifically, this Friday, July 10.
The exams, which are attended each year by more than 200,000 students throughout Spain, They have been carried out with exceptional measures to avoid infections, such as the use of masks or the multiplication of venues, including sports halls or fairgrounds, which have facilitated the maintenance of two meters of distance between students.
In Aragon, for example, it has gone from the 14 venues last year to 84, and its government recommended going to the exams on foot to dispense with the use of public transport, while in Asturias sports halls in Oviedo and Gijón have been transformed in huge exam rooms, though not as big as the huge Bilbao Exhibition Center (BEC) in Barakaldo (Vizcaya), a fairground that has also hosted the tests in the Basque Country.
In any case, the students had to go to the EBAU headquarters in advance, being forbidden the assistance of people who showed symptoms of coronavirus. In fact, some communities recommended that body temperature be measured earlier. The company of relatives has not been admitted in the precincts except for students with functional diversity. And before taking a seat, everyone had to clean their hands with hydroalcoholic gel.
Within the classroom, in addition to the unequal obligation to wear face masks, the instructions have differed in each community. In Castilla y León, students have had to store their materials in plastic bags, while Asturias forced hairy young men to collect their hair, as well as doing all the tests in the same classroom seat. At the time of delivering the exams, Andalusia recommended the use of gloves. The folios then spent six hours “hibernating” before being touched again by someone else in this community.
Leaving the classroom has been just as orderly and scheduled to prevent student circles. While Extremadura prohibited “group meetings, however small they may be during breaks” and eating indoors, Madrid advised attending the tests with “water, food and material for personal consumption”. And in Catalonia, directly, the use of food vending machines and water sources was prohibited.
“Normal” in tests
In most autonomous communities, the tests have been held without any incident. In fact, as highlighted on Tuesday by the government spokesperson minister, María Jesús Montero, the tests were being held “normally”. And that, according to Europa Press, the Secretary of State for Education and FP, Alejandro Tiana, there has been an increase in the number of students who have taken the tests this year compared to 2019.
The Selectivity 2020 was initially planned in early June in all autonomous communities. The state of alarm, which decreed the closure of all educational centers on March 16, forced to delay the date of the tests. That was the first major decision in the educational field agreed by the Ministry of Education and the autonomous communities during confinement.
Navarra has been the community that has started the Selectivity exams earlier, between June 23 and 26. Too Asturias and Extremadura started this call in June, specifically, on the 30th, lengthening in both until July 2.
In the first days of July, from 1 to 3, it was the turn of the students from Castilla y León and the Canary Islands, although in the case of those from the archipelago, Selectivity lasted until day 4.
From July 6 to 8 it was the Castilian-Manchego, Murcia and Basque students who took the tests. These days were also celebrated the exams in the Community of Madrid, although in this case they lasted one more day, until July 9.
And in the communities of Andalusia, Aragon, the Balearic Islands, Catalonia, Galicia and the Valencian Community, the Selectivity took place between July 7 and 9, with the Cantabria and La Rioja which later held the current EBAU, from July 8 to 10.