CC OO claims four more teachers per educational center

The cafeteria of a Valencian institute, converted into a classroom, with the bar on the right, last year. / LP

The union estimates that 84,000 teachers are needed to improve educational quality, reduce ratios in the classroom and guarantee inclusion

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Reduction of ratios, attention to diversity, well-being of the educational community, improvement of the conditions of the teaching staff and stability in employment... CC OO has presented this Monday a battery of proposals to address the priority needs of public education in the start of the school year, for which he considers it necessary "not only to maintain all the extra staff added in the pandemic, of which half has been withdrawn, but to increase it substantially." For the trade union center, it is necessary to increase the number of teachers by at least four professionals per educational center, which would raise the necessary number to 84,000 in the country as a whole.

The union has released the report on the state of public education and the challenges it faces with the development of the Lomloe, the new Education Law. In the study, CC OO reviews the situation of the increases in staff for the 2020-2021 academic year, first of face-to-face return to the classrooms. Of the 33,323 teachers who joined then, 16,026 have been eliminated and 17,297 have remained, which has raised the ratio of students per teacher.

For CC OO, the ratio of the groups must be associated with their diversity, and, for this, in addition to a general decrease in the number of students per group, it proposes that all students with specific needs for educational support, social disadvantage or educational compensation "count double for ratio purposes". In this concept, it would be necessary to increase the pre-pandemic workforce by 23,040 teachers. "The most vulnerable or struggling students especially benefit from low ratios in the classroom," the union said in a statement.

On the other hand, the central proposes to provide the centers with more specialist teachers in Therapeutic Pedagogy and Hearing and Language to support students with specific learning difficulties, who currently do not have this resource. “For this, it would be necessary to increase this specialist personnel by 18,151 troops. In addition, this student body is underdetected and, therefore, it is proposed to increase the number of professionals in the guidance network by 10,026 to ensure their proper identification and monitoring, "proposes CCOO.

In addition, CC OO claims the figure of the coordinator of welfare and protection of children and adolescents and sees the need for "one more full-time person on staff, which would mean the incorporation of 22,024 teachers at the state level."

To these increases in the templates, the union adds those necessary for the reduction of the maximum weekly teaching hours of teachers to 18 periods in Secondary, FP and Special Regime, and to 23 in Infant and Primary. In all, 28,111.

More than 4.2 billion

To carry out these proposals and make a firm commitment to equity, inclusion, educational quality and teaching staff, the CCOO puts the number of teachers who must join the classrooms at 84,055, which would mean an average increase of four per school. This implies an additional investment of at least 4,275 million euros, 0.3% of GDP.

The increases in staff proposed as a whole would allow, by dividing all the time concepts among more teachers, reducing the teaching staff's schedule to 35 total weekly hours, instead of the current 37.5, to comply with the CC OO claim for the and public employees in all sectors.

Likewise, the union once again exposes its fundamental demands to increase the number of public job offers and reduce temporary employment, and improve the working conditions and remuneration of teachers, which include, among others, the following: group A1 and raising the level for all teaching bodies, voluntary and encouraged early retirement, training during working hours, specific regulation of occupational health and professional career.

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