translated from Spanish: City will implement a “second newsletter” for students who owe subjects

Students who owe subjects, both 2019 and 2020, will have a second newsletter in which they will follow up on these subjects. The measure is part of the plan developed by the City of Buenos Aires so that students can spend the year. The Minister of Education of Buenos Aires, Soledad Acuña, explained that the students who are in this group will have to stay after class to learn the pending knowledge and added that there is a possibility that they will also have to attend classes on Saturdays.” This second instance of newsletter that is a kind of commitment between the school and the student and that makes it clear for each of the children what are the subjects that they must, what are the contents of each of those subjects that they have to be able to accredit, what are the evaluation instances that are opened to them , at what point they will be able to take them and how, either with integrative work, with exams,” the official said, in statements to La Nacion+. Overtime at school, additional assignments and individual teachers for follow-up are some of the points included in this program. “From the second semester, the kids are going to be putting the promotion of those students at stake,” he said. We cannot evaluate and rate in the same way as every year, as if nothing had happened, but we do have to be able to know who accredits, or not, the knowledge expected for each moment and to be able to provide new opportunities to learn for those who could not,” he said. It doesn’t matter, we can’t keep kids moving forward in their studies as if they know something they don’t know,” he said. The second newsletter will be signed by the school, the student and his family, and will be only for the secondary which will include the second bulletin

The list of the previous subjects that the student has taken before 2020 and those subjects qualified as “in process”.
The detail of the central contents of each subject to be accredited.
The activities that the student must perform to accredit each subject: practical works, partial exams, presentation at exam tables, among others.
The support strategies and consultation spaces that the school will offer to accompany you in this process: virtual consultation spaces or the possibility of accrediting in an integrated way pending subjects of 2020 with subjects of the current course. This is in addition to strategies already available, such as ReMA or Previa por Parciales, which consist of instances of complementary course with a teacher of the school.
The deadlines to define the accreditation of each subject, as an agenda that serves the student to organize their study.

Promotion at stake
When asked if those students who cannot prove the expected knowledge should repeat the year, the minister said: “Repetition, as we know it, does not necessarily translate into greater learning for children. But that doesn’t mean everyone has to go through the same thing. There’s not going to be a 2020-2021-2022 pedagogical unit, as if there were 2020-2021, where everyone passed.” And he remarked: “From 2021 to 2022, they will have to be able to accredit the expected knowledge. Those who definitely can’t prove all the knowledge are going to have to go back to the years they have to recover as learning.” Acuña clarified that this measure does not imply that those students who are in this situation repeat the year as it was before the pandemic. This time, he said, they will have a more intense and personalized accompaniment. But he did insist that from August, when students return from winter recess, their promotion will be at stake. According to the data handled by the City of Buenos Aires, four out of 10 high school students must have pending subjects in the 2020 process. This number doubles if students who already brought pending or previous subjects from previous years are taken into account.

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