Rosendo Serna Roman, a 61-year-old native of Puños (Huamalíes, Huánuco), has become the third Minister of Education in just 5 months of the government of Pedro Castillo. He took office Tuesday night replacing Carlos Gallardo, who was censored by the Congress of the Republic as a result of several questions, among them the irregularities in the development of the single national test of the 2021 teacher appointment contest, referring to the diffusion or leakage of questions and the solution.
Precisely, after the annulment of the examination as a result of a congressional decision, one of the challenges for the next minister will be to lead the process for a new teacher evaluation. Serna, however, has been critical of its current content: 25 questions of reading comprehension, 25 of logical reasoning and 40 of pedagogical knowledge of the specialty.
Under his position as Regional Director of Education for Huánuco (2019-2021), during various interviews, he has considered that teacher evaluation should be reformulated.
For example, on November 15, he assured in dialogue with the channel of the Regional Directorate of Education of Huánuco: “The test has to be more relevant, more objective, much more reliable. In other words, the teachers are not taking part in an admission contest “.
“The subject of mathematical logical reasoning has to have that dimension. The communication situation seems to me that it is being handled well, because the teacher has to have the ability to be able to discern, to have reading comprehension. The only thing is that there is a complaint from the teachers, in the sense that the texts are very bombastic and the time is not enough for them, that would have to be measured technically “, he added.
Serna indicated that when he worked in the Ministry of Education, he questioned the content of the tests, and suggested that it be subjected to a more technical analysis.
Meanwhile, on December 16, when asked about the leak of the latest teaching test, he said: “This is limited to the knowledge of the Public Ministry and some public announcements have been made to the effect that there are already witnesses who are testifying. So, let them finish and sanction who has to be punished “.
Last Tuesday, already appointed Minister of Education, he was again asked about this issue and pointed out: “Those tests should not have been taken. […] [La filtración] it has to be investigated to the last consequences “.
The now Minister of Education has also criticized a “Centralist look” of the sector that now leads. “It is the regions that, finally, we are trying to generate a work route in the education sector due to the complicated issue of national policy”he said at a press conference with the Huánuco media on December 16.
Recently, he led a group of regional directors of Education who met with former Minister Gallardo to sign an act of commitments between the Ministry of Education and the Education Group of the National Assembly of Regional Governments (ANGR).
In the agreement it was arranged to install four technical tables of the ANGR and MINEDU, with the participation of the regional directors, on the educational emergency, decentralization in the education sector, budget and review of intergovernmental relations.
The new Minister of Education has spent his entire career in the public sector. In addition, he has a master’s degree in Education, a bachelor’s degree in Law from the Hermilio Valdizán de Huánuco National University and a doctor in Educational and Tutorial Psychology. Your thesis to obtain this last degree can be check here. He recently assured that the majority of public positions that he has held were obtained through competitions, for which he said he was not afraid “to compete and be evaluated.”
The minister has been affiliated with Together for Peru since September 2020. However, he assured that his membership “is anecdotal” and that he will process his exit from the register of that party, which is an ally of the government and whose president, Roberto Sánchez, is a minister. of Foreign Trade and Tourism.
Perspective on Sunedu
When consulted this Wednesday by the work of the National Superintendency of Higher University Education (Sunedu), Serna affirmed that progress cannot be reversed. “I believe that progress in terms of achieving educational quality at the university does not have to go backwards. […] We must also define the issue of autonomy, because I believe that supervision is not incompatible with autonomy and maintaining quality, “he told the press.
He added that education should be prevented from being used with “a commercial zeal.” On Tuesday, the president of the Council of Ministers, Mirtha Vásquez, assured that Rosendo is committed to educational quality.
In 2004, the secretary of the Yarowilca Provincial Executive Committee of the SUTE, Hugo Uruncuy, filed an amparo lawsuit against the now Minister of Education for an alleged withholding of assets and violation of the union license.
The case reached the Constitutional Court, which in 2006 declared the appeal founded and ordered the now minister not to engage in the conduct that motivated the lawsuit.
– According to his sworn declaration of interests, his son, the lawyer Rosendo Gianfranco Serna Cisneros, is a deputy prosecutor of the Callao fiscal district; and his brother, lawyer Rodolfo Raphael Serna Román, is a provincial prosecutor in Huánuco.
– In an interview with “Polémica”, Huánuco’s journalistic program, he responded to criticism for his return to the Huánuco Regional Directorate of Education in 2019: “I particularly don’t have Facebook, I’m not on social media. Why? Because I consider that people entertain themselves there and I would waste time responding one by one to these situations, that I could do it. But what would he gain? ”He said. The position of regional director of Education was already held in 2003.
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