Limiting adult education "violates rights"

Archive image of students at the Adult Education Center in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. / ARCADIO SUAREZ

The Canary Islands School Council believes that Education "does not take into account the needs of this type of student"

Louisa del Rosario

The
The Ministry of Education will limit the permanence of the students of the Teaching Centers for Adults (CEPA) enrolled in the Initial Basic Training (FI), which corresponds to the graduate in secondary education, four years, or exceptionally five, from the next course, something that for the Canary Islands School Council "violates fundamental rights", according to a report on this matter, something that
for the Canary Islands School Council "violates fundamental rights", according to a report on this matter.

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The limitation of the maximum period of permanence of the EIPA students continues without being duly justified, it violates fundamental rightsdoes not take into account the needs of this type of student and the fact that it is established only in that period makes it even less understandable, "says the report of the Canary Islands School Council.

THE KEYS

  • Four years
    It is the length of stay set by Education, a maximum of five, for initial basic training.

  • Report
    The School Council believes that limiting the permanence is not taking into account the conditions of these students.

  • Women
    Most of these students are older women who did not achieve certification at the time.

  • Change
    The Ministry defends that adult education is to achieve a degree.

  • Mobilization
    CEPA students and teachers meet this Friday in the Presidency at 5:00 p.m.

In fact, for this institution,
education must be conceived "as learning throughout life, key to the well-being of people and society and, in line with this principle" calls for "promoting permanent education for adults: Basic Training, baccalaureate, Vocational Training and Language Teaching, developing a comprehensive strategy that promotes lifelong learning and that includes all educational levels with an approach based on learning outcomes and enhancing the key skills of the citizenship".

Socioeconomic reality

In the opinion of the School Council, Education does not seem to take into account "the socioeconomic reality of our islands, with
a percentage of the adult population that has not reached the ESO degree level that is clearly higher than the national averagemake a global review of education for adults even more important».

«We, since they presented us with the consultation
We already raised the convenience of not setting a limit due to the socioeconomic characteristics of the islands and the older student body, which requires guidance and socio-educational work. In this sense we believe that
there should not be a permanence limit, we continue to insist on the need to welcome these people», explained the president of the Canary Islands School Council, Natalia Álvarez.

In your opinion,
This training is "necessary" for older people who did not acquire a degree at the time "and in this field there are many women", he nuanced It is a social bet, she added.

education throughout life

«The teachers themselves demand that this attention to this student profile be maintained and if it is not with the Ministry, only with local social service institutions, a more transversal intervention.
But what we are clear about is that adult education guarantees, along with vocational training, a lifelong education for the population that has acquired the fewest certifications.», he added.

For its part,
The Minister of Education, Manuela Armas, acknowledges that the report of the Canary Islands School Council is "mandatory, but not binding». And he assures that his "peace of mind" is that "all the things that are done and not only with the education of adults, but everything in this Ministry is always well founded." In the specific case, he added, «we have consulted what is done in other communities. We are the ones that have adults in the system the longest », he warned.

Popular universities vs centers for adults

Furthermore, Armas said,
“Regular education is being confused with that which is not” and he alluded to the Popular Universities, but “prepare to get your ESO graduate degree and spend 10 or 14 years” is that «we are doing something wrong, you -in reference to the teaching staff- or us. Maybe it's the methodology or something else." Armas also advanced that a table has already been set up with Fecay "to work on the design of training for adults."

Students and teachers from adult education centers (CEPA) meet this Friday, May 27, in front of the Presidency, in the capital of Gran Canaria, at 5:00 p.m. "In order for adult education centers to continue to function, we need to say it loud and clear and that they listen to us," they point out.

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