The beginning of the school year, the high school diploma and supplementary exams will change from the 2016-2017 school year. This was announced by Education Minister Augusto Espinosa, who explained that this is part of the Regulations to the Organic Law of Intercultural Education (LOEI for its Spanish acronym).
As a requirement for a high school diploma, the student must reach at least 7 out of 10 points. The final grade will be the sum of: 30% of the grade point average of the General Basic Education (EGB), 40% of high school and 30% of grade examination. “The `Ser Bachiller´ examination will be the instrument that will be used by the system of higher education for admission to universities,” said Espinosa. With this, the National Examination for Higher Education (ENES) is suspended.
The supplementary exams will also have changes. If a student fails the remedial examination in one subject, he will be able take this test. But the reform indicates that this assessment is conducted five days before the start of the new school year and not during the first days of the school year as expected.