The Minister of Education, Isabel Celaá, has opted this Thursday for return to face-to-face classes in all sections of teaching because the advantages are “far greater than any risk or eventuality”, an issue that will be debated on the 19th with Health and the autonomous communities.
During this academic year, many students from 1st year of Baccalaureate, 2nd and 4th year of ESO have followed the lessons in a blended way, although this has depended on your place of residence.
During his intervention in the debate “Opportunities for educational cooperation in Latin America”, Celaá pointed out that different Education counselors have asked him to return to face-to-face classrooms in all sections of education.
In addition, the minister has assured that security measures will be maintained against Covid-19, with masks from the age of six and stable cohabitation groups, between the ages of three and 12. The distance between students, however, will be reduced from 1.5 to 1.2 meters, which will not make the reduction of the ratios per classroom in Secondary so necessary.
The Spanish school has been subjected “with rigor to hygienic sanitary measures”, hence the low incidence of quarantined classrooms, added Celaá, accompanied by the Secretary General of the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI), Mariano Jabonero.
During the debate, organized by the OEI and led by the president of the EFE Agency, Gabriela Cañas, the minister highlighted in particular the effectiveness of two measures: the use of the mask from the age of 6 and the ventilation of the classrooms .
“The return to presence is irreplaceable, it is worth keeping them open (the classrooms)“, also because the incidence” has been lower and has been very bearable, “he insisted.
After recalling the main lines of the profound transformation that her portfolio is projecting for Vocational Training, the minister recognized that it is necessary to end the stigma that weighs on this teaching “as if it were a second-rate stigma or for those most disadvantaged or vulnerable people or those who were not so quick to complete a Baccalaureate “.
“This,” he added, “does not happen in the Nordic countries, in Germany or in any economic sphere, where what is most valued is a person with a degree in FP”.
The Secretary General of the OEI explained that the pandemic has meant for Latin America a return to the levels of the recession of 1929 that has had a “very strong impact both in the health field as well as in the social and educational sphere.”
In the next Ibero-American Summit, which will take place in the Dominican Republic in 2022, Jabonero explained that work is already underway on priorities such as student competencies and Vocational Training, the digital agenda and the governance of the education system.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.