The Ministry of Education has rejected this Tuesday the entrance test to the single university requested by the PP and has warned that if the popular ones withdraw from the negotiating tables, as some blue communities have threatened, the reform process will continue ahead. “With his presence, much better. Without your presence they will also work [las mesas]”, pointed out the Secretary of State for Education, José Manuel Bar, after the sectoral conference that brought together the ministry and communities this afternoon.
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The department directed by Pilar Alegría is in the process of modifying the university entrance exam (which receives different names in each community) to adapt it to the new education law. The model proposed by the Government proposes to leave the subject-exam model to propose a more global test and around the competences, as proposed by the law. The star test of this model, when it is definitively implemented, will be a “maturity test” with multiple choice questions and others to be developed briefly that have been criticized for lowering the level, according to these reproaches.
The meeting has served to confirm the decision -informal at that time- that was taken on the 2nd in a technical meeting to delay the final implementation of the new test for another year, until the 2027-2028 academic year, as requested to the Government 15 autonomous communities. At today’s meeting, Madrid and Castilla y León –both governed by the PP– have threatened to get up from the tables if the Government does not meet their requests: the main one is that a single test be carried out throughout the State, but it also They have asked other popular autonomies to start the reform from scratch.
Bar argued after the meeting that the same exam cannot be carried out throughout Spain for three reasons: legal, because there is a Constitutional Court ruling that limits the ministry’s powers to basic education and the rest belongs to the Autonomous Communities; practical, because each community dictates between 50% and 60% of their curricula with the contents they consider, so that they are not the same for everyone; and “above all”, Bar said, because it is not a consensus proposal, “and that is what the ministry aspires to”.
But if the PP gets up from the table – or some communities, at least – there will be no consensus either, they have been asked. Bar has replied that “if the slogan [del PP de levantarse de la mesa] she is political and comes from Genoa it is difficult to guess. [Ellos] they lose the opportunity to participate in that design, because the design will continue. With his presence, much better. Without his presence they will also work. It is the responsibility of everyone and I would like them to participate in the design of a test in accordance with the new law, with more jurisdiction and which is in tune with all of Europe so that we do not remain stuck in the past”, he has maintained.
The ministry has also recalled that the PP did not reform the test in all its years of government, neither when it modified the Education Law nor in the subsequent period under the leadership of Rajoy. If they did not then implement that single test that they now demand, it is because they know that it cannot be done, Bar has maintained, who points out the popular position in an electoral key.
Starting the reform from scratch has also been ruled out by Education. “We have been working on it for months,” argued Bar. “What do we do with the consensus and progress? What do we say to the dozens of people who have been working on it? The second reason is, would that guarantee the deal? Thirdly, so as not to generate uncertainty. We do [el cambio de modelo] temporarily to be able to change things, evaluating…”, he maintained, after accusing the PP of not having a “will to dialogue” and of trying to impose from the minority.