The surprise of the Cantabrian students when reading the statements of the university entrance exams (EBAU), which was held this Monday, must have been great when they saw the first questions whose answers they did not know because they did not enter the agenda.
The organizational nonsense was not reduced to the first exam, but to several and has led to the protest of students and teachers, forcing the organizing commission -formed by the University of Cantabria and the Ministry of Education- to meet today, Friday, on a urgently.
The tests were carried out from Monday to Wednesday of this week in 15 venues, with nearly 3,000 students. The errors occurred in the Spanish language, Latin, Spanish history, chemistry or fundamentals of art.
In history there was a imbalance between the options to choose from, with more questions in one block than in another. In Spanish, a poem by Antonio Machado was included that was not in the Campos de Castilla selection that entered. In some venues the correct poem was projected within 10 minutes, but in others there were no screens and the printed text did not arrive until 40 minutes later.
Likewise, the texts chosen for the literature questions were not significant with respect to their corresponding works.
In chemistry it was the students themselves who noticed an error and had to wait if it was removed. In applied mathematics, a question appeared on mathematics of the modality of baccalaureate of sciences...
On Tuesday, the university issued a statement admitting that on the first day "two anomalies" had been detected in the formulation of two questions, corresponding to the tests for the subjects of Spanish history and Spanish language and literature. And that the incidents had been corrected "with compensatory measures increasing the time for the test or eliminating a question for the overall calculation." Likewise, the guideline of evaluating the exam out of 8 points instead of out of 10 is marked, eliminating the question with the lowest score.
Those affected are waiting for what is decided at today's meeting. The faculty board laments the lack of coordination between the university, which designs the assessments, and high school teachers.
The protests have not been limited to the rulings. The content of the journalistic text of the Spanish test, an article published in January by La Razón on gender violence, has also sparked controversy due to its position against the institutional strategy, outlining the “demonization of the masculine”.