Thursday, October 28

Adult schools lose one in three students for fear of covid


Students at the entrance of one of the adult centers in the province.  |  PILAR CORTÉS

Students at the entrance of one of the province’s adult centers. | PILAR CORTÉS

The adult schools with the highest proportion of enrollment in the province of Alicante have lost this course one in three students per fear of covid, and only half finally attend classes, as confirmed to this newspaper from the centersThe Giner of the Rivers of Alicante Y Mercedes Rodoreda of Elche, schools that reach a thousand enrollments.

“Although they enrolled, the truth is that they go very irregularly as soon as a suspicion of contagion arises, and despite having no certainties. Word spreads and they don’t come, so assists stay in the middle », analyzes Nacho Presencio, director of the Giner de los Ríos adult training center.

Most of those who sign up for the IT and English workshops «They are retired people»And Presencio emphasizes that it is possible to understand their objection to attending class because it is population at risk against coronavirus, despite all the necessary measures being taken to avoid contagion.

“We are very far from the limit of the ratio per classroom, not only because of the distance measures required by covid-19,” he adds. Like his counterpart in Elche, Pascual Valero, it abounds that unique groups of 14 and 16 students have been created by having to separate the desks a meter and a half.

These centers, the largest among adults in the whole province, have passed this enrollment course 1.900 Y 1,200 students, a 1558 Y 800 respectively.

In addition, and from the outset, there are workshops that have had to be suppressed due to the pandemic, such as those for choral singing, painting and theater at the Rodoreda center “because they require proximity between the students or teachers and now they cannot be do, ”explains Valero.

Other centers with less capacity for students assure that they are maintaining the enrollment of other years because they have a long waiting list and as one of the interested parties fails, the place is offered to another person. “We are very attentive in case someone does not come to quickly cover the square. We call people on the waiting list weekly and for the moment it is being covered », says Jesús Díaz, director of the Babel adult center in Alicante.

Although they initially came to consider teaching every other day, the Babel school finally opted for one hundred percent face-to-face teaching. “There are subjects that are taught one hour a week so leaving it at one hour every fortnight did not seem appropriate. Teaching must be face-to-face and except for the change in habits that the pandemic forces us to, it is proceeding quite normally,” he says.

From the Giner de los Ríos they point out that this year they have had to suppress the canteen because access could not be controlled through different doors.

Enrollment in adult training centers, FPA, “is alive throughout almost the entire course. As long as they have vacancies available, they have to admit all the people who request them until April 30, 2021 ». Those responsible for the Ministry of Education insist that these are centers that attend to the “training needs and socio-cultural inclusion, both of young people and adults who have just arrived in the educational system, as well as those who suffer some type of social exclusion.”

They admit that the covid “has accelerated the fall in enrollment” among the population “over 65 years old”, understanding that it is a “risk group”, but they insist from Education that teaching in these schools is developing in “safe conditions” as in the rest of the educational centers, because the prevention and control protocols established by the Ministry of Health are followed “and they also have their own contingency plans.”

They add that the drop in enrollment is in turn due to the fact that each year “there is less population that demands literacy courses and new readers” given the better education rates, so there are “fewer applicants.”

Centers “alive” throughout the academic year whenever there is a vacancy

Enrollment in adult training centers, FPA, “is alive throughout almost the entire course. As long as they have vacancies available, they have to admit all the people who request them until April 30, 2021 ». Those responsible for the Ministry of Education insist that these are centers that attend to the “training needs and socio-cultural inclusion, both of young people and adults who have just arrived in the educational system, as well as those who suffer some type of social exclusion.” They admit that the covid “has accelerated the fall in enrollment” among the population “over 65 years old”, understanding that it is a “risk group”, but they insist from Education that teaching in these schools is developing in “safe conditions” as in the rest of the educational centers, because the prevention and control protocols established by the Ministry of Health are followed “and they also have their own contingency plans.” They add that the drop in enrollment is in turn due to the fact that each year “there is less population that demands literacy courses and new readers” given the better education rates, so there are “fewer applicants.”


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