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The future of temporary teachers after the pandemic

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Good morning: With the full-throttle vaccination campaign, the coming year is expected to be much calmer after a year and a half of pandemic avoiding all kinds of problems. And now that? With an economic crisis in the making – now appeased by the Ertes – the regional governments have no prospect of going to keep the ratios of students per class low. This measure, very positive to avoid contagions, has facilitated more personalized contact, but it has also avoided teamwork that brings so many benefits. So that once the health crisis is over (or, at least, that it has improved a lot), the Autonomous Executives will dispense with most of these backup teachers, who came to be about 39,000 at the beginning of this course.

During the debate of the Madrid elections there were hardly any allusions to education, but a falsehood regarding the teaching staff did not escape us. Between murmurs, regional president Isabel Díaz Ayuso denied that the ratios are going to increase, but the online platform managed by the directors (Raíces) already foresees it.

Our colleagues from the Valencian edition have dedicated a report to a specific case of consequences of the pandemic, that of their community. “The great lesson is that only with solvent public services can emergencies be faced,” says the Valencian Minister of Education, Vicent Marzà. Many of the measures implemented have come to stay, especially those that affect digitization, such as the entry of the videoconferencing service, the progressive improvement of the Aulas platform, the acquisition of 30,000 portable devices with connection or the electronic processing of admission. of students.

The coming academic year, 2021-2022, will bring other news, such as that schoolchildren know the ravages of ETA when 10 years have passed since its disappearance. These contents are included in the agenda. Minister Isabel Celaá underlines its need because “young people do not know the terrorist past and in order not to repeat it, they must know it.” The Celaá law, always in the spotlight, has also been the protagonist this week. The Constitutional Court has admitted to processing the appeals presented by the PP and by Vox against the new education law (Lomloe), known as the Celaá Law. Both imply a challenge to the fundamental points of the law.

The aggressions of students to teachers have also occupied part of the attention of this vertical of Education. In the 2018-2019 academic year – the last complete face-to-face – 39,675 physical and verbal attacks were recorded against teachers from seven autonomous regions.

In the opinion section, the stands have not been lacking. Two professors from the University of Murcia, Benito Echeverría Samanes and Pilar Martínez Clares, argue that the Vocational Training law that is currently being drafted requires a renewed model, if it is to respond to the transformations of the 4.0 Revolution. While a teacher from Tenerife, Albano de Alonso Paz, calls on politicians to listen, trust and believe in education as a bastion of progress.

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