The first stage of the enrolment to higher education concluded today with the granting of places to all the students who took entrance exams nationwide in May for the upcoming school year 2010-2011. This year the number of students who passed these exams increased by10 percent over last year.
René Sánchez, director of the Department of Enrolment in Higher Education and Social Service in the Ministry of Higher Education (MES), said that the process was prepared to give high school students two more opportunities to take the three exams in three calls: ordinary, extraordinary and special, this is only for special cases. The first call was made in May and, although the results were encouraging, they are still far from expectations.
Sánchez pointed out the importance of the constant and profound preparation of the students taking these exams since they measure all the knowledge a Cuban high school graduate should know in order to guarantee their success in higher education.
In this regard, he noted the persistence of spelling mistakes as one of the factors hampering students’ marks as well as their output in the History exam, which is the subject with the fewest students obtaining high marks.
He also said that the entrance exams should be perceived by students as a motivation to continue going on with their education instead of a barrier crippling their access to university.
Halfway through the entrance exams and two more calls to go in June and August, the results are encouraging. Taking into consideration the subjects and topics going to exam, the level of contest of the results of the exams —80 % less than last year— and the efficiency in the attention to complaints and dissatisfaction; parents and students have expressed their satisfaction with the current period of exams which have been carefully and rigorously applied, Sanchez explained.
Another favourable element is that there are a number of places available in correspondence to the number of students taking the entrance exams. These places are mainly in majors in education, agriculture and technical studies and are in accordance with the social and economic needs of the country. On this point he remarked that every student has the opportunity of asking for a number of majors he would like to study and he will be offered one according to the result of adding the marks of the exams and their GPA.
Applicants who fail one subject will have the chance to take the exams for the second time. On June 8 and 9 they will fill the application form again to aspire to one of the places still available after the granting of places to the students who passed in May.
The final list of the majors will be published at the schools, places of examination and the municipal headquarters of education. From the 81,000 places available this year; 46,000 correspond to the regular course.
Those taking the exams for the second time in June should know that the tests will be as hard as those applied in May. All that is left is to make the most of this second opportunity to enter higher education.
Acerca del proceso de ingreso a la enseñanza superior
OLGA DÍAZ RUIZ
Con el otorgamiento oficial de plazas a quienes aprobaron los tres exámenes requeridos para optar por una carrera universitaria, cierra hoy a nivel nacional la primera etapa del proceso de ingreso a la enseñanza superior del curso 2010-2011. Ello se logra con el buen auspicio de haber incrementado en diez puntos porcentuales la cifra de aspirantes aprobados —de los cerca de 44 000 que se presentaron—, en relación con igual periodo del año anterior.
René Sánchez, director de Ingreso y Ubicación laboral del Ministerio de Educación Superior (MES), apuntó que el proceso fue organizado con el objetivo de brindar a los estudiantes dos oportunidades de examinarse en tres convocatorias: ordinaria, extraordinaria y especial, esta última diseñada para casos muy puntuales, y destacó que los resultados obtenidos al concluir la cita de mayo, aunque alentadores, todavía distan de ser los deseados.