Friday, September 24

The return to normality in Madrid classrooms after COVID does not end with the barracks

The barracks returned to the Community of Madrid in 2020. The Government of Isabel Díaz Ayuso bought 249 prefabricated classrooms to create classes with fewer students due to the danger of contagion from the coronavirus. In the course that will begin next September, the ratios will return to normal – the reduction due to the pandemic is dismantled – but the barracks remain.

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It will happen this way because the Ministry of Education used almost half of the modules acquired last year in educational centers with extensions that had not been completed on time, according to unions and families denounced and published The country. Already then they feared that these temporary infrastructures, which had taken years to eradicate from Madrid’s classrooms, would delay the works of the schools and institutes by halves or the start of the projected ones.

The delay in construction deadlines has become common in the region and that gives rise to such bizarre situations as starting the course in a center that could be chosen in the admission period although it did not even have the first stone laid. They are the so-called ‘ghost’ colleges and institutes.

The department headed by Enrique Ossorio, also a spokesperson for the regional government, confirms that the prefabricated classrooms “are going to be maintained or relocated,” but a spokeswoman attributes this extension to the fact that “in many centers they are still necessary to maintain the safety distances indicated by the Ministry of Education for the new course “.

However, has been able to corroborate through public education platforms that the barracks will be used to replace classrooms not built in a timely manner. In Rivas, for example, the Dulce Chacón school will host three-year-old boys and girls enrolled in the CEIP Hispanidad, which has not yet been built, in two classrooms located in its courtyard. In this case, Education does clarify that the modules have been transferred due to the need for “support in schooling.”

“The barracks hid the erratic planning policy”

According to data from the regional government, the use of barracks will only have this purpose in five classrooms throughout the region, but the figures handled by the Public Centers Platform are already much larger. Twelve barracks at the Simone Veil High School (Paracuellos), four more at the CEIP Casamayor (same municipality) and eight at the Elisa Soriano Fischer High School in Getafe. CEIP Teresa de Calcuta students, in Parla, will continue in barracks, but at IES Humanejos. And also those enrolled in the Jane Godall institute, in the neighborhood of Rejas, where there were already eight modules last year and will continue.

“We see as a setback to recover the previous ratios, but also to maintain some barracks that hid the erratic policy of planning of public educational infrastructures in the Community of Madrid”, points out Fernando Mardones, spokesman for the platform that groups AMPAS of schools and institutes of all the region. “They may have had some reason to solve the demands derived from the health pandemic, but the Government of Mrs. Díaz Ayuso should have done its homework and resolved the need for new centers or pending extensions to existing ones, as we have been doing. denouncing thousands of families for years, “he adds.

The last barracks in Madrid were dismantled at the beginning of 2019 at the Neil Armstrong institute in Valdemoro, nine years after Esperanza Aguirre promised to eradicate these infrastructures when she arrived at Puerta del Sol in 2010. The modules that returned last year with the excuse sanitary, for now, they are here to stay.