Wednesday, December 1

The Minister of Education faces the start of the school year with “confidence” but asks for “prudence”


The Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Pilar Alegria, faces the imminent start of the school year, which starts in days, with “confidence” for the “success” of the vaccination campaign, including the school-age population, and by the “experience” acquired throughout the previous year, although it calls for the “prudence” and to continue to respect the established norms.

“Experience, vaccines, confidence”, These are, in his opinion, the keys to this beginning of the school year, as he pointed out, to questions from the media in Santander, during a visit made this Thursday to the CIC company, in which he was accompanied by the President of Cantabria, Miguel Ángel Revilla, the Government delegate, Ainoa Quiñones, and the Education and Employment ministers, Marina Lombó and Ana Belén Álvarez, as well as by company executives.

Questioned by this beginning of the school year, The minister has indicated that it starts from “quite different premises” from those of the previous year. And, as he said, the “main feeling” that had to start last year was that of the “uncertainty” but, a year later, it begins with the experience acquired from this last year and, above all, with a vaccination process that, as he has underlined, is proving to be a success “in all the autonomous communities and in all age groups. “.

Thus, he recalled that this percentage of the 70% of the immunized population and in the school age of 12 to 18 years it has already reached, on average, the same percentage of young people who have received at least one dose.

Despite the fact that last year was “done well”, the minister has once again insisted that we must not forget prudence. “The virus continues to live in our environment”Alegría has warned, who believes that “part of the success of the previous year” was achieved “Thanks to respect for sanitary measures and prudence.”

Alegría has stated that the Government of Spain is “aware” that it must support “with resources” to the autonomous communities so that the educational centers can apply sanitary measures and have backup teachers.

“That is what the Government of Spain has done with the communities”, has emphasized the minister, who recalled that last August 3 was approved, by means of a Royal Decree, the distribution of 13,500 million to the communities to face the pandemic, and she herself asked the councilors that in the distribution of these funds education was a “priority issue.”

“Dignify FP” and the new law

During her visit to CIC, the minister refocused her intervention on Vocational Training (FP) and stated that “The first objective” of the Government of Spain is to “dignify it” and “give it the recognition it deserves”, an issue on which -he said- has been working since 2018 when the transformation process began.

Thus, he stressed that since that year a “significant number” of VET places. Specifically, it has indicated that in the 2020-2021 academic year, and also for the one that starts now, the Ministry has made more than 120,000 places available to the communities and has indicated that the objective is that in these four years 200,000 places can be offered new.

And it is that Alegría has defended that “betting on Vocational Training is the best way to invest in the modernization of the economy and to reduce youth unemployment”, which, as he recalled, in the case of those under 25 years of age is 38%.

“The best opportunity, the best door that we can give these young people to a decent and well-paid job is through Vocational Training”, claimed Alegría, which on Tuesday, September 7, will lead to the Council of Ministers the new FP Law for approval and subsequent processing in the Congress of Deputies.

And within the FP, Alegría has expressed the commitment of the Government of Spain to Dual and he pointed out that the new law wants to guarantee “that all young people who are trained in vocational training have guarantees of being able to participate in a training process within companies”.

This can be done, as indicated, through general training, in which there will be between 15 and 35 percent of dual training period in a company, and there will also be intensive training, in which this training time of the students in the company will be 35 to 50%. On this last case, there will be a contract between the company and the student in training. Another “leg” that, as explained, is included in the new FP Law is the acredentialing of skills to workers that they were not recognized.

Alegría has pointed out that, in addition to the interest of the Government of Spain in VET, this is also perceived among students. As proof of this, it has indicated that, in the last three years, the number of students has increased by 20% who opt for this training modality. As he has said, in Cantabria, there are about 14,000 people who study FP.


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