The Minister of Universities, Manuel Castells, has considered “unfair” and “elitist” prevent students from passing the year because they have a failure because “this is how those below are crushed and those above are favored.”

In an interview published today by the newspaper ABC, Castells has thus defended the draft royal decree of the Ministry of Education that regulates the assessment for the 2021-2022 academic year, which allows Secondary and High School students with up to two failed subjects can promote of course.

“Sometimes it does not depend on the effort but on the conditions of the people, what is happening to them and condemn people to lose years of life at a key moment simply because there has been a suspense at some point seems totally unfair, elitist, “says the minister.

Castells emphasizes that there are numerous sociological scholars who indicate that the conditions for progress for the children of humble families they are much more difficult than for the middle class.

“The right to study does not depend on circumstances and, if at any time some students have difficulties, they must be given the opportunity to repair it and to continue their normal life, “he adds.

The draft of the royal decree proposed by the Minister of Education Isabel Celaá, sent to the autonomous communities for discussion, allows passing the course with two failures but ultimately leaves the ddecision in the hands of the teaching team collectively and under certain conditions.

The text reflects the spirit of the last educational reform (Lomloe), which limits recourse to school repetition and establishes that this measure must be exceptional, so that it can only be adopted once during Primary and a maximum of two times throughout compulsory education.


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