Two out of every three schoolchildren choose to study Baccalaureate at the end of 4th year of ESO, while 22.5% opt for an intermediate vocational training cycle. There is another 12.1%, according to data from the Department of Education, who did not enroll in any post-compulsory education. Last Thursday, the Department opened the period for pre-registration in ESO and Baccalaureate with the novelties that the application of the Lomloe incorporates in the odd courses of Secondary. The most relevant, with regard to pre-registration, is the new General Baccalaureate that is intended to be offered in fifteen educational centers in Navarra.
The pre-registration in ESO and Baccalaureate, which ends on Wednesday, April 13, does not generate as much commotion as that of Infant because the majority of the students of the public network go to the institute to which their school is attached while that of the concerted one normally continues in their very center as long as they offer these teachings.
However, at the end of the 4th year of ESO, students have the option of studying Baccalaureate, taking an intermediate degree in Vocational Training or leaving school. If they opt for the first option, it is normal for them to continue in the same school or institute unless they opt for a more specific modality, such as Visual or Performing Arts, which is not present in most educational centers.
Most in high school
Studying Baccalaureate is the majority option for students who finish compulsory education. According to data from the last academic year 2020-21 provided by Education, at the end of the 4th year of ESO, 65.5% of the students (4,221) completed Baccalaureate. For their part, 22.5% enrolled in a middle grade cycle, whose enrollment for some years has been held on dates other than Secondary. There is a percentage of 12.1% who did not enroll in Baccalaureate or Vocational Training, so their fate is unknown, although everything points to the fact that the majority leave their studies at least temporarily.
With data also from the 2020-21 academic year, after finishing the 2nd year of Baccalaureate, 15.5% of the students (693) are studying higher vocational training cycles. With the EDUCA data, a group of 3,770 male and female students (84.5%) appears who do not have an assigned destination. “Given that we lack data on universities, it can be deduced that a good part of this second group went on to pursue university studies or finished their training stage with a Bachelor’s degree,” they state from the Department. An assessment that fits with the 3,409 enrolled in the EvAU, an essential requirement if you want to pursue university studies.
The new General Baccalaureate, in 15 centers
The Lomloe, which will come into effect in September in odd-numbered courses, incorporates a new Baccalaureate modality, the General, which will have its own subjects such as general mathematics or general sciences and will allow subjects from other modalities to be taken. This modality is proposed for students who aspire to a more general and flexible training and will allow them to design their own itinerary.
The centers of the Autonomous Community in which this new modality will be offered the next course, as long as there are sufficient requests are, the IES Ibaialde (Burlada), IES Navarro Villoslada, IES Irubide, IES Biurdana, IES Plaza de la Cruz, IES Eunate and IES Julio Caro Baroja (Pamplona), IES Marques de Villena (Marcilla), IES Lekaroz, IES Ribera del Arga (Peralta); IES Pablo Sarasate (Lodosa); IES Benjamin de Tudela, and the concerted schools Nuestra Señora del Puy de Estella, San Francisco Javier de Tudela and Luis Amigó de Pamplona.
Less Religion and more Philosophy in High School
In application of the Lomloe, the Department recently informed the educational centers that in the 1st and 2nd of ESO the subject of Religion is reduced from 2 to 1 hour per week and is replaced by a session of the subject of Civic and Ethical Values, configuring a uniform cycle and given the importance of matter. In 3rd and 4th of ESO there are no modifications because only one weekly Religion session is currently taught. For its part, in the 1st year of Baccalaureate, the subject of Religion loses one session, leaving two weekly sessions.
Finally, and regarding the subject of Philosophy, the Department of Education informed the centers that the Royal Decree implements the subject of History of Philosophy as a common subject in the 2nd year for all Baccalaureate modalities, with three weekly sessions. Likewise, they were told that it is planned to be offered as an optional subject in the 4th year of ESO in the subject of Philosophy.
Bachibac and International Baccalaureate
On the other hand, some educational centers in Navarra offer Baccalaureates that are not present in state regulations. One of them is the BachiBac, present at the IES Benjamín de Tudela and San Cernin, which allows obtaining the double degree of the French baccalauréat and the Spanish baccalaureate and access to French and Spanish higher education. For its part, the International Baccalaureate offered by the IES Navarro Villoslada, San Cernin, Irabia-Izaga and, from the next academic year at the Jesuit College in Pamplona, as reported in December, allows obtaining the Lomloe Baccalaureate and the Diploma of the International Baccalaureate.