The 2017-18 academic year has up to now 2,852 fewer students in the Canary Islands and the Canary Islands educational system will be configured
The head of the regional department said that the development of the plans that will complete the implementation of the Canarian Law of Non-University Education “will bring changes that consolidate an even higher quality education, with much more attention to differences, a solid preparation in languages and , above all, an inclusive education in which the centers are not isolated places, but in permanent contact with the society of their immediate surroundings “.
In this way, among the most significant measures, Monzón highlighted, within the Plan of professional and social recognition of teachers, public recognition of their good practices, to put them in value before society, attention and protection in the development of their functions , and that from January 1 will begin to implement the new remuneration model, based on the collection of sexenios depending on the continuous training that demonstrates and in supplements for exercising responsibility tasks, such as group tutoring.
Regarding the novelties that the Strategic Plan of Attention to Diversity will bring, during his speech he explained that, through the Impulsa program, more than 260 teachers will be dedicated to support, especially in terms of linguistic and mathematical competences, for the students of Infant and the first two years of Primary.
MORE EARLY ATTENTION
The objective is to give more early attention, facilitate the transition between children and primary and make a more individualized accompaniment to the students who need it most, resulting in better future results and in reducing school absenteeism and, later, early school leaving .
Here, within this strategic plan of attention to diversity, which includes the start-up of 13 new Enclave Classrooms, the new figures of Social Educators are also incorporated the next course, with 36 beginning, until completing the number of 86 when the implementation of the plan is finalized, and of Occupational Therapists, who will be 13 and will work in the special education centers.
In addition, the Specific Guidance and Psychopedagogical Teams are reinforced, with 13 more counselors and 11 specialist teachers in Hearing and Language.
PLAN FOR THE IMPULSE OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES
Regarding the advances derived from the Plan to boost foreign languages, implemented since the 2016-2017 academic year, the contribution of the Autonomous Community to the program of Auxiliary of Conversation is increased, with funds for 96 more, until reaching 170, financed for the Canary Islands.
Also within the PILE, 50 teachers were able to enjoy one-month specialization courses in English-speaking countries this summer and 160 more will spend a full term during this 2017-2018 academic year in English-speaking countries, to study both the language and the methods of teaching in a language different from the mother tongue.
At this point, Monzón indicated that there will also be innovations in other areas and other plans, such as Technological Modernization, for which the Governing Council approved last July, for example, a departure from
6.6 million euros under the Extraordinary Credit Law, which will allow to renew 10,700 computers immediately.
“VERY PROVISIONAL” FIGURES
When passing to the exhibition of the data with which this school year begins, Soledad Monzón repeatedly insisted that at this time there is very provisional data, “which may have important changes in a few weeks.”
Once this clarification, the counselor threw out the provisional data: On September 5, the time to extract the data to be able to offer an idea of the situation at the beginning of the course, there were 22,107 teachers appointed, compared to 21,461 last year .
Especially significant is the increase in appointments in the body of teachers, despite the decrease in the number of students. As of the date mentioned, 10,244 teachers of this body had been appointed, compared with 10,038 for the 2016-2017 academic year.
By volume of appointments, Secondary Education follows, where teachers also increase. For the course that begins on Wednesday at this stage, 9,183 teachers have been appointed, when last year they were 8,719.
Likewise, in the Infant, Primary, Secondary and Baccalaureate programs, there are currently 219,148 enrollments for the next academic year, compared to 221,987 the previous year, which means, at the moment, a global decrease of 2,852 enrollments.
CHILDREN FOLLOW THE TREND TO THE LOW
By levels, in Infantil follows the downward trend registered in recent years, with 35,053 enrollments, compared to 35,964 in the previous year, that is, 911 fewer.
More pronounced is the decline in Primary, with 2,782 fewer enrollments, from 90,666 last year to 87,884.
In Secondary, the increase of the last courses is maintained, with 1,296 more enrollments. This course is 68,237, compared to 66,941 for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Meanwhile, in Baccalaureate, the enrollment is so far 27,751 students.
In conclusion, Soledad Monzón indicated that, as a result of these data, the general data that can be advanced is that the course starts with 2,852 fewer students and, in the absence of many appointments and a more specific breakdown according to the field in which they teach. subjects, there are 670 more appointments, in the bodies of teachers and secondary education.