The Ministry of Education will enable Spanish language immersion classrooms in five Ceuta institutes to provide “educational care” to the around 260 Moroccan minors of school age who arrived alone in the city in May during the diplomatic crisis with Morocco. This support, which is not regulated schooling, is a “temporary” measure because, as the local government has made clear, “the ultimate goal is repatriation.”
According to the department directed by Pilar Alegría, the minors “will receive differentiated attention from the rest of the students, in different shifts and hours, to provide them with the educational assistance they require.” As they defend, the “specific characteristics” that they present, such as “the lack of roots”, prevent “their ordinary schooling in ordinary” educational centers.
“They are going to be temporary resources, because the ultimate goal is the repatriation and family reunification of the minors. While a series of spaces, classrooms and groups are going to be enabled for their schooling with a prior evaluation by the Ministry to know their level and their needs “, defended Carlos Rontomé, Minister of Education of the autonomous city. “For boys aged 16 and 17, who are no longer of compulsory school age, the minister considers that they should have some kind of school support and the creation of modular classrooms is being considered.”
The announcement comes after the Minister of Education, Pilar Alegría, promised last week to “attend to the educational needs” of the unaccompanied children who continue in Ceuta, some 800. The Provincial Directorate and the Central Services of the MEFP has accelerated the specification of alternatives for the dozen children under 12 years of age and the other 260 whose theoretical schooling age corresponds to Secondary and those over 16, around 500.
According to Education sources to Europa Press, the Government seeks to enable classrooms of five Secondary Education Institutes (IES), open in the afternoon, to give linguistic immersion classes in Spanish with a number yet to be specified of extra teachers who initially are It has encrypted about 30 and counselors in charge of making an “individualized” follow-up of each minor.
“Linguistic immersion in Spanish is the most important thing, but we also consider that it is necessary to offer minors individual support with counselors or social workers”, defended Yolanda Rodríguez, provincial director of the Ministry.
In a statement, the Government delegation stressed that since Tuesday and throughout the day on Wednesday, José Manuel Bar Cendón, General Director of Educational Planning and Management, has been in the city, accompanied by María del Ángel Muñoz, Deputy Director General of Centers, Inspection and Programs, according to EFE.
Thus, they plan to analyze the situation, the proposal for the schooling of those under 16 years of age, the options for “educational care” for those under 16 and 17 years of age and the planning of actions. The Ministry has asked the Government of Ceuta to help pay for the transport of children from the facilities where they are housed to the different institutes.