Government and unions agree to hire 1,600 teachers

Archive image of a group of primary school students in a school in the capital of Gran Canaria. / Juan Carlos Alonso

The Canarian councilor for the area, Manuela Armas, and the representatives of the trade union centrals focus their efforts on "preventing absenteeism and school dropouts, achieving better academic performance, reducing inequality of opportunities and improving attention to the diversity of vulnerable students." »

CANARY ISLANDS7 The Gran Canarian palms

The Government of the Canary Islands, through the Ministry of Education, Universities, Culture and Sports, and different union organizations have signed an agreement today, Monday, for the
improvement of the Canarian public education system through the provision of human resources and the adoption of measures that result in the positive progression of the academic indicators and the efficiency of said system, which will begin its validity in the 2022-2023 academic year.
This will mean an increase in the teaching staff of more than 1,600 teachers from this academic period.

The event was attended by the counselor of the area, Manuela Armas, and the General Director of Personnel, Fidel Trujillo, on the one hand, and on behalf of the unions, Víctor González, for ANPE Canarias; Emilio José Armas, for the Canary Islands Teachers' Union-Intersindical Canaria STEC-IC; José Ramón Barroso, for the Teaching Federation of the Canary Islands CCOO; Evelín Díaz, for Teachers of the Canary Islands-Insucan (DCI); Francisco Javier Bautista, for UGT-Canary Islands Public Services; and Nieves Alonso, for the Union of Secondary School Teachers- Union of Public Employees of the Canary Islands (USPS-SEPCA).

Objectives of the pact

Among the objectives of this initiative, it is worth highlighting the prevention of absenteeism and early school leaving, the achievement of better performance and the reduction of inequality of opportunities in the transition phase of the student body, as well as the improvement of attention to diversity of the student body in centers with social, economic or cultural disadvantage, through the increase in teaching staff.

Thus, establishing a
new catalog for the determination of the templates corresponding to the Body of Teachers and Teachers. Among others, it is pointed out that the teaching staff's teaching hours are reduced from 25 to 23 hours. Those two hours that are reduced are compulsory permanence in the center, and will be used for coordination activities of a pedagogical nature, as well as the development and monitoring of the educational projects that each center carries out and that will be reflected in its management project. . Likewise, the minimum rotation of the teaching staff by group will be sought.

One counselor for 400 students

On the other hand, the improvement of the human resources endowments for the configuration of the organic templates of the Educational Guidance specialty is collected. Thus, it highlights that there will be one counselor for every 400 students in the 2nd cycle of Infant and Primary Education in Infant and Primary Education Centers (CEIP), Canary Islands Teacher Training Centers (CEP) and Infant Education Schools (EEI).

Regarding the Secondary Education Institutes (IES),
there will be a counselor in centers with more than 275 Secondary Education students Compulsory (ESO), Baccalaureate and Vocational Training (FP).

In the Compulsory Education Centers (CEO), the relationship will be of a counselor when there are more than 250 students, and another one will be added after 401 students. In the Special Education Centers (CEE) there will be a counselor when there are between 30 and 60 students, to whom another will be added after 61 students.

The agreement also contemplates measures aimed at improving the provision of human resources in the specialty of Therapeutic Pedagogy in the CEIP and the CEP. The number of specialists will be one when the number of groups is between eight and 16; two, if they are between 17 and 25, and three, when they are more than 25. In the IES, there will be a specialist when there are four or more groups of 1st and 2nd of ESO.

In the case of Hearing and Language, the ratio will be one or one professional for every 300 male or female students in Infant and 1st and 2nd Primary, and centers with 27 or more Infant and Primary units will have one teacher or teacher on staff.

New ratios

The agreement sets, among other issues, new ratios. In CEIPs and CEPs, when there is at least one authorized group in each of the Infant and Primary courses, there will be no mixed classes in the third cycle of Primary. In the same way, mixed groups will be progressively eliminated in the first and second cycles of Primary.

The 1st and 2nd ESO levels maintain (this measure was implemented during the 2021/22 academic year) a ratio of 27 male or female students, and the 1st and 2nd Baccalaureate levels have 30 students.

ISEC Index

Finally, in order to compensate for inequalities in
the centers with the most unfavorable socioeconomic and cultural indicatorsthe allocation of human resources will be increased taking as a reference the Social, Economic and Cultural Index (ISEC) of the last evaluation of the Canarian Agency for Educational Quality and Evaluation (ACCUEE).

Thus, CEIPs and CEPs with a medium-low ISEC will have an additional provision of two teaching hours per group. In the case of IES and CEOs, when they have a ratio greater than 20 students, they will have a teacher if they have two to four groups of 1st and 2nd ESO; two teachers, for cases of five to eight groups; and three if they add up to more than eight groups.

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