Thursday, October 28

70% of the institutes of the Vega Baja reject the linguistic projects of Education, according to Covapa

Demonstration against multilingualism in January 2020 in Orihuela

Demonstration against multilingualism in January 2020 in Orihuela
Tony Sevilla

The Valencian Confederation of APAs and AMPAs, Covapa, (made up of the provincial federations Gabriel Miró of Alicante, Humanist Manuel Tarancón of Castellón and 9 d’octubre of Valencia), AMPAs Vega Baja and the Platform of Teachers for Linguistic Freedom, assure that More than 70% of the school councils of the Vega Baja institutes have rejected the linguistic projects of the Ministry of Education. All this despite the fact that the Ministry of Marzà accepted agreements from school councils with 17% of teaching in Valencian compared to the 25% established by law, according to this newspaper.

However, for these platforms, linguistic projects “suffer from their main hallmarks, transparency, efficiency and the joint work of schools, families and the educational administration and whose elaboration has been far from being the result of a participatory process ”, they lament. They criticize that Education has not postponed its implementation, as they requested, that its development is not the result of a participatory process and that it has not been possible to hold informational meetings or get the opinion of the families.

They denounce that there is no official regulation, precise, detailed and concrete about the terms in which the aforementioned linguistic center projects have to be elaborated, “referring to issues such as experimental programs, exemptions, implementation sequenced by levels of the different stages, percentages … and, ultimately, of all those factors that intervene in its elaboration and that as determined by the Law itself, will have to be in accordance with the needs of the socio-educational and demolinguistic context of the center “, they indicate. This lack of regulation is also causing, according to these same sources, discrimination between territories of the Valencian Community, “generating the fact that there are centers that are going to be authorized not to apply the law while others are required to comply with the law, without reasons or in the legal texts nor in the linguistic consideration of the discriminated territories “. In addition, they ensure thate the rules of operation of the school councils are not respected, the democratic body for the government of the center. They claim that, in many cases, the school councils have not received the linguistic project from their center in sufficient time and, in others, “they convey their anxiety over the warnings received in the event of not voting affirmatively and its subsequent impact on both the own project as in other educational programs of the center. Or worse still, receive the suggestion to vote affirmatively ».

“Irregular voting”

Regarding the voting, Covapa, AMPAs Vega Baja and the Platform of Teachers for Linguistic Freedom assure that “There are school councils that do not vote, but in the Conselleria there is a record that affirms it, votes that do not reach the required majority but on paper it says the opposite or irregular votes because the number of total members is not taken into account, but rather the members who are present at the meeting “, they denounce. According to this source, in several community centers the sessions held during the year 2020 have been considered valid, “taking for good assumptions Linguistic Projects of the Center that lacked much of the information necessary for their approval”. It should be remembered that the projects could only be approved between February 1 and 28 of this year because the computer platform for the elaboration of the Center’s Linguistic Project proposal was activated by the Department after February 1 and, therefore, it was impossible for the members of the School Council to receive the appropriate documentation prior to that date, together with the call for the session in which the approval or not of the respective proposals of the linguistic projects should be voted. “This fact, very widespread as we have been able to know, has had a forceful response in some specific cases and the directors of the centers have been forced to rectify by convening school councils after February 28 to regularize a form of action that was clearly intended prevent the participation of the educational community of their centers “, they indicate.

For all these reasons “and before this accumulation of nonsense”, They request that the Ministry of Education make public all the proposals for the Center’s Linguistic Project prepared by the school councils of each educational center, that it report the date on which the proposal approval session was held and that indicate the total number of members that make up each school council, as well as the final direction of the vote, with an indication of the votes in favor, against and abstentions collected in the minutes of the school councils that have been sent together with each proposal for the Center’s Linguistic Project.

These platforms indicate to their groups that a service of education is made available to all families and teachers. administrative and legal advice “to prevent the violation of the rights of families in linguistic matters from continuing,” they conclude.

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