Students from first to third grade, inclusive, should not be assigned quantitative grades. This was voted by the parliamentary education committee at its meeting today, discussing texts for the second reading of the draft Law on preschool and school education, Darric relayed.
Some of the deputies still wanted to have quantitative assessments for students in the second and third grades, as this was requested by teachers and school principals at a meeting with them. According to them, we should not be afraid of grades in the second and third grades, because they have an educational effect on students. The sooner children are assessed with quantitative assessments, the faster and easier they will develop, Mihov said.
The question of whether or not to have grades until the third grade is debatable, as the opinions of teachers and parents are polar on it, as well as the society in general.
According to the people's representatives from GERB, students up to the age of 9-10 should be given time to accumulate knowledge, so that they do not "become note takers".
The chairman of the commission Milena Damyanova from GERB noted that in Finland, where students perform very well in secondary education, children receive grades at a very late age. The goal is for students to acquire knowledge and skills at this age, and that is why Finnish children enjoy going to school, which cannot be said for sure about Bulgarian students, said Damyanova.
Now in first grade, students graduate with an annual qualitative assessment, in second and third grade they have quantitative and qualitative assessments, and students now do not repeat until fourth grade, said Deputy Minister of Education and Science Vanya Kastreva.
The deputies of the commission also voted that students will not repeat grades one through four, but there will be additional activities with children who are lagging behind. The changes will enter into force after the final adoption of the draft law on school education by the National Assembly.