September exams will be in June

Are we going to say goodbye to the September exams? The Education Departments of the different Autonomous Communities are now preparing the school calendar for the next academic year, 2016-2017. One of the main novelties is that it is expected that all Secondary and Baccalaureate make their final recoveries in June. So the classic extraordinary call for September will advance to June. This measure affects all centers, both public and private.

This measure aims to achieve greater success of students in their recoveries and ensure the rest of all students in the holiday period. This change ensures that the evaluation is carried out by the same faculty that teaches the course, promotes the continuous evaluation and facilitates that second exam with the subject still recent.

Advantages of changing exams from September to June

The truth is that the change of the exams from September to June was a theoretical possibility advanced by the State Council when analyzing the decree of the Secondary and Baccalaureate examinations. But, now it has become a reality in Madrid after the announcement of President Cristina Cifuentes, who justifies the measure based on the fact that in September the rate of approval is very low. According to the data that is being considered, at least half of the students that show up suspend all the subjects: 58 percent in high school, 49 percent in ESO, 67 percent in the middle grade of VET and 48 percent in the top grade.

Among the advantages and benefits of the change from September to June, the Council of State has pointed out the following:

1. Admission to the university. Students who do not pass in June and have to apply in September, are less likely to get a place, since in September in most of the faculties there are no places.

2. Reduction of the cost of summer academies. Families will not have to pay for academies during the summer months, and they will be able to enjoy the holidays.

3. All students will be able to enjoy summer vacations. When the September session is suspended, the rest period is extended to all the students, it will no longer be only for those who have approved everything in June.

4. Greater possibilities to approve. With recent material, it is expected that the index of positive results will be higher. Some autonomous communities, such as the one in Madrid, consider that there should be reinforcement classes in schools, given by the teachers themselves, who are the ones who know each student best.

A very tight calendar for the 2016-2017 academic year

Education foresees that the calendar that is already prepared for the next course is "very tight", since it will have the call for September and the two scheduled for June. Among the latter, a review of around seven days is planned, which all the students will have to do going to the center.

The 2016-2017 course will begin on September 6 for children from 0-3 years of Early Childhood Education and day 8 for children in the second cycle of Infant, Primary and Special Education. On Monday, September 12, classes will begin for students in the first year of Compulsory Secondary Education (ESO), and the next day (Tuesday 13) will do the rest of ESO and Baccalaureate.

Marisol Nuevo Espín

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