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Education will present the new EBAU in the first half of July, which will not be unique but more homogeneous

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The Council of Ministers will decide tomorrow 58 million euros to help families buy school books


The Ministry of Education and Vocational Training will present the draft of the new Abitur examination for university entrance (EBAU) in the first half of July. The new test will not be unique for all of Spain, but it will be more homogeneous than the current one.

This was communicated this Monday by the Secretary of State for Education, José Manuel Bar Cendón, during a meeting with journalists from the ministry, where he indicated that the document that will be presented in July will be as consensual as possible and has bet because the new test has “greater balance and homologation”.

“A single test is currently not possible because the law itself would not allow it, because we would be encroaching on the powers of other administrations,” says Bar Cendón, who will meet this Monday with the University Ministry and on Wednesday with the President of CRUE , Juan Romo to talk about the new EBAU.

The modification of the university entrance exam is “a popular cry” because “everyone is interested in it”. He affirmed that the new curricula designs “push towards adapting what is taught in institutes and schools to what is later evaluated”.

On this point, the Secretary of State for Education has stressed that the change process “must be a consensual change process, working closely with all administrations, with the CRUE, with the Rectors’ Conference, with the Ministry of Universities and with other social actors, including students”.

However, he has avoided making any suggestions about the new test because he says “some of that dialogue would be closed”, although he has hinted that “in a few days” some of the proposals will start to be seen brightly.

“There is some concern about some possible imbalances, proposals in the sense that the tests are better balanced, greater homologation between them,” Bar Cendón stressed, stressing that joint participation in the new EBAU would be possible “if all agreed within the limits of its powers”.


On the other hand, the Secretary of State for Education has announced that this Tuesday, on a proposal from the Ministry, the Council of Ministers will approve a budget item of 58 million euros to support families in the purchase of textbooks, which he decides contradictory to have funds to families to help with the purchase and to say that last year’s books are kept.

“This measure of 58 million in family support is excellent news and is consistent with the realization of a more balanced system that gives our children more equal opportunities so that there are no families who are unable to buy textbooks or support materials due to economic difficulties,” said Bar Cendón on Monday in statements to the media at the ministry’s headquarters after meeting with journalists.


Regarding whether the President of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, censored by recommending that schools should not use the new textbooks containing the government-approved curricula for the development of LOMLOE, Bar Cendón declares that he doesn’t know but “hopefully not”.

In this sense, he calls for the “respect” of the essential principles, namely the academic freedom of teachers in the selection of editorial projects and the freedom of publication for publishers.

“There’s a whole process that doesn’t start with confrontation, but with dialogue. When the high inspection finds a discrepancy, a letter of cooperation is usually prepared. Let’s try to have a dialogue, to work together, if there is no answer in this sense and violations continue to be identified, then there is a demand, we have not yet reached the judicial level,” he explained.

For the Secretary of State for Education, “educational reform will move forward,” trusting each other and the educational community. “The textbooks are teaching materials, they are not the curriculum. The decrees have not been published either,” he stressed, referring to the decrees that the Autonomous Communities must approve.


Another challenge facing the Ministry of Education is the reform of the teaching profession with the aim of improving the education system by improving teaching. After the publication of the 24 suggestions for improving teaching, the ministry will successively open dialogue tables in the coming days.

The dialogue to carry out the reform of the teaching profession is being conducted with all the actors, with the CRUE, with the Ministry of Universities, albeit without a fixed timetable.

The Department of Education wants to improve teaching by providing teachers with tools and tools to improve the education system, a task it says is “very complex,” which won’t be quick but will garner widespread approval and which may not be approved in all legislatures.

The Ministry is also working on the first drafts of the Artistic Education Act, which will develop more slowly due to the very heterogeneous groups.


Regarding the possibility of changing school plans due to high temperatures and approving a national air conditioning plan in this situation, the Ministry of Education is committed to working together, studying it and, if possible, implementing it.

However, Education reminds that the flexibility of schedules is the responsibility of the autonomous communities and that the weather conditions are not all the same, which is why some do not have the problem of high temperatures, but it opens the possibility of improving the conditions , improve air conditioning of the centers, investigate the problem and find out where to tackle it.


Regarding the judgment of the Supreme Court of Catalonia, which obliges the Generalitat to teach 25% of the classes in Spanish, and the regulations subsequently approved by the government to avoid this quota, the Secretary of State for Education stated that “there are none it is the “appropriate procedural moment” to appeal against these normative changes, since “it is the moment” when the courts speak.

“Recently, two regulatory changes have been made with the force of law, and it is the TSJC that must decide whether these new legislative initiatives are consistent with the ruling, which was originally based on a different rule,” he explained.

The Secretary of State for Education recalled that the report prepared by the High Inspectorate of Catalonia “responds to a request from a court”, so the High Inspectorate informs the court of its request.

Source europapress.es

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