The Ministry of Education announces a reform of the baccalaureate; annoying teachers

Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton on Tuesday unveiled a plan to reform the kick [équivalent du baccalauréat]under which new methods of study, work, and evaluation could be developed.

Written exams in history, literature, civic education, and Bible study will be canceled and replaced by class projects and multidisciplinary assignments evaluated internally by each center, in addition to external evaluation.

In each of these subjects, teachers will select projects for second and first year students. the kick it will include new subjects and new formats and students will present individual projects and be assessed in oral exams.

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The projects of Terminale students must be evaluated by an external examiner, with an overall final grade composed of the grade awarded by the center and that of the external evaluator, in equal parts. External evaluation will focus on written work and a project presentation.

The assessment of mathematics, English, language and science will be done as in the past, with external written tests.

The new curriculum will be implemented next year for 12th graders.

Yehud Comprehensive High School students take exams at Yehud on July 8, 2020. (Yossi Zeliger / Flash90)

“Today’s world is changing rapidly and studies need to adapt. This also happens with high school, “said Shasha-Biton. “Our goal is to give students tools that will serve them well in the future in the personal, academic and professional spheres. In this way they will have benefited from a relevant and in-depth learning, which will remain in their memory for a long time. »

The Israeli Teachers Union said it did not agree with the Ministry of Education on the changes, due to objections from the finance ministry.

The union’s resistance to change, the union said, would testify to the “damage that the reform has caused to the humanities and teachers.”

Shasha-Biton said he understands teachers’ fears about the impact of the reform on their salaries, but assured them that there will be no deterioration in their working conditions or income.

In a press release, the minister said she was confident that once reassured by a written commitment, the union would support the reform.

These exams can have a significant impact on a student’s future. The score obtained is, in fact, one of the main criteria examined in the context of applications for admission to elite military units and universities.

The certificate of kick was sent to students who pass the tests with a minimum grade of 56/100 in each subject.

The reform of kick is the last significant change proposed by Shasha-Biton since his appointment as Minister of Education in June 2021.

In January, the minister announced measures to give more financial autonomy to school principals. According to this system, each principal will be allocated a budget of between 250,000 and 1 million shekels, depending on the size and socio-economic profile of the school, which will allow him to organize himself to achieve his educational goals.

Israel centralizes the decision-making process in education: school principals have almost no room for maneuver. With these measures, which should come into force next year, they will have more flexibility to meet the specific needs of their students.

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