There are schools that increase their grades to facilitate access to higher education by violating defined assessment criteria. This is the conclusion of the new report of the General Inspectorate of Education and Science (IGEC), which has "scanned" the strategies used by educational institutions.
According to the report, quoted by the Público newspaper on Monday, schools make oral notes or laboratory exercises that do not have tests or other measurable criteria to support teachers' assessments.
IGEC gives as an example the Portuguese and physico-chemical discipline. In Portuguese, it is common knowledge that students receive the maximum mark for "orality", which has a weight of 20% at the final level of the discipline. The same happens in the "practical and experimental dimension" of Physical Chemistry – which weighs 30% in the final evaluation.
According to Público, Minister Tiago Brandão Rodrigues says that the IGEC report is an "indisputable contribution" that strengthens the "clarity and readability" of work done in schools. The ruler says that at least these incommensurate notes have been detected "fortunately in several" schools.