The government justified the extension of the school year: “More days of classes are needed”

“Argentina is a country that has fewer school days than the rest of the countries in the region. For some years we have been gradually increasing the number of days. Last year it was for 190 days of classes and it is sustained for 2023, but we also have the expectation of advancing to 195 days”accurate.

For the head of the educational portfolio, the extension of the school year “is a matter of planning. We are going to have to get used to having longer school cycles. The world has shown that more days of school are needed so that children can learn”.

“From the strikes, as the teachers are until December 30, we agreed that the boys can also be until the 23rd, strengthening the pedagogical bond,” the official specified.

Regarding the new evaluation system, Cantero explained that “What we do in the circular is to give pedagogical suggestions for the work of closing the school year, which is part of a very particular triennium, where there was a pandemic, bimodality and the return to face-to-face”.

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The Minister of Education emphasized that students who have the content approved “have the opportunity to improve and make that learning more complex.”

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In turn, the Minister of Education emphasized that students who have the approved content “They have the opportunity to improve and make their learning more complex”.

When asked about the examining tables, Cantero maintained that “for this very special period, where we have to strengthen teaching, what is proposed is to have more days of classes. More and better school days”, and explained: “The student who did not achieve the objectives in December will have the possibility of having, in February, periods of pedagogical intensification. More classes to be able to learn, in a direct teaching link, what still needs to be learned”.

Repetition, strategy without result

On the other hand, the head of the province’s Education portfolio spoke about repetition. In this regard, she pointed out that “It has been shown that it is not a strategy that produces better results, but that it favors desertion. You have to do something else”. Likewise, he warned that the debate “is not repetition yes or repetition no, but that the boys have continuous and complete journeys.”

“To continue having support and accompaniment, first of all, you have to go to school, have an acceptable level of attendance and have evaluations that show what was learned, what was not learned, and on that you work so that you can continue advancing ”, he added.

Cantero rejected that this type of initiative lowers the educational bar, but “quite the contrary, it goes up. In order to move forward with these proposals, more effort is required. It is always looking towards a better level of educational quality”.

“If you didn’t pass math, is it okay if you have to do history, geography, and language again? If you did not pass mathematics, the best thing would be to promote processes so that you can learn mathematics”he clarified.

Lastly, he denied, as assured by the teachers unions, that the measures taken have been without consultation. “There were massive consultations in all the schools. We come from meetings with all the directors, plus what was discussed at the weekly union table and at tables with students. Where is the unconsulted? Teachers have been given participation like never before.”

Amsafé and Sadop reject the extension of school days and the changes in the ways of evaluating students

The Santa Fe teachers’ unions (Amsafé and Sadop) demonstrated against the latest measures announced by the province’s Ministry of Education. It is about the extension of school days until December 23 and the new way of evaluating high school students, which leaves exams behind. Through a statement released this Monday, Amsafé regretted that a decision was made “as so many other times, the product of unconsulted decisions” and assured that the extension of classes “means an overload of activities for teachers in a very difficult year.” .

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The Santa Fe teachers' unions (Amsafé and Sadop) demonstrated against the latest measures announced by the province's Ministry of Education.

The Santa Fe teachers’ unions (Amsafé and Sadop) demonstrated against the latest measures announced by the province’s Ministry of Education.

Regarding the new evaluation modality, the union of state teachers recognized that “we are aware of the need for changes at the secondary level” but considered that “they must arise from consensus and address the structural, putting the position at the center of the debate work of the secondary school teacher.

For Amsafé “it is very difficult to think of an evaluation by grouping of subjects when the concrete possibilities for teachers to meet are nil, since their work is carried out in different schools, with the impossibility of having institutional spaces and times dedicated to these tasks ”.

In addition, they reiterated that these resolutions “should be discussed at a parity level and we demand clarity and consensus in the implementation of changes”, and they add: “We do not reject or resign our responsibility as teachers in teaching or caring for our students, but nor do we accept another overload of work with the same positions, resources, times and current spaces”.

For his part, the head of the private teachers union (sadop), Pedro Bayugar said to AIR that “It is absurd as an objective” and considered that “The student passed the subjects, why do you make them go. Sentences for something the teacher supposedly did (stoppages). If he approved, he’s done, he goes to his house ”.

In addition, from Sadop they warn that “you cannot carry out both activities: giving classes and recovering content. Either you give classes to everyone or you remove those who have already passed.”

The government justified the extension of the school year: “More days of classes are needed”