The Ecuadorian Ministry of Education will give a single title (Bachelor of the Republic of Ecuador) to students who finish their secondary education once the curriculum reforms enter into force on September of 2011.
To do this, students must pass a different curriculum from the current one. In the first two years of high school, scholars must take twelve mandatory subjects, seven general ones and five complementary ones; while in the third year, they must decide whether to get a professional technician title or a title in science. The project was called “New High School”.
High school students will receive: physics, chemistry, biology, social science, language and arts, mathematics, foreign language, entrepreneurship and management, development of philosophical thought, citizenship and good living, physical education and artistic education.
To become a science bachelor , students must choose three elective subjects for personal training or preparation for college. The options to choose from are: Media Critical Reading, Ancestral Language and Culture, Arts, Cultural Heritage, Creative Writing, Critical Analysis of Media, Communication, Science and Technology, among others. In addition, there will be a mandatory subject and one decided by the school.
These changes, which are the reason why 240 teachers from across the country gathered this week in Quito, will be disseminated to teachers in March and April 2011.
According to the ecuadorian Ministry of Education, the first year of high school (4th year) will start in September 2011 in the highlands, and in April 2012 in the coast.
The second year (5th year) will start in September 2012 in the highlands system and in April 2013 in the coast region. The third year (6th) will begin in September 2013 for the highlands and in April 2014 for the Coast.
Source: El Universo