The delay in the implementation of the educational law causes the course to start without books in many centers

It had been warning since the end of the previous course and has ended up happening: the delay in the development of the new education law is generating problems of various kinds at the beginning of this course. The last detected is that the school year has started with a shortage of textbooks in educational centers throughout the territory, according to families and the schools and institutes themselves and confirmed by Anele, the association of publishers of these materials.

Books are missing in centers throughout Spain, depending on the publisher that must deliver them. The problem, the publishers explain, is that everything is going late this year and that the rise in production costs (paper costs around 30% more) has led companies to adjust their print runs almost to demand : books are not printed if it is not known that they are going to be sold to avoid losses.

The prescription of books is usually carried out starting in the spring, when each teacher chooses the manual that they want to use for the next course and that decision is transferred to the families. But this year, with the change in law, it has not been possible to do it in the usual period due to the aforementioned delays.

The publishers make the manuals based on the official curricula approved by the autonomous communities. These, in turn, make their curricula based on the minimum curricula approved by the ministry. And here comes the distribution of blame: Education took out its texts between February (for Infants) and April (for Baccalaureate) of this year and ensures that there was plenty of time for regional governments to do their part. Some complied but there are communities that have not yet published theirs and they point out that the ministry approved the texts very late, that it is a complex technical and legal process and that there was no time.

Between one and the other, the undone books. And when they have been made, they have not been printed in large quantities, says Anele, to avoid scares. "With the work of the resumes without doing and without the prescription, they did not know how many books they were going to need and with the current costs, the companies did not want to assume certain risks, so the logistical planning that they usually do in June (printing, etc. ) It has been delayed. In fact, the publishers have received requests in September and have had to start the process to attend to them”, explains a spokesman. The publishers' association ensures that it will be resolved "in a few days."

The messages that some regional governments have sent to their educational community have not helped either, continues the spokesman: "In Catalonia, during the teachers' strike at the end of last year, the Minister told the teachers that he left it up to them to implement the law in two years (as planned) or in three; In Madrid, the deputy minister sent a circular to the centers saying that it was not going to be necessary to change the books and some have waited to see what finally happened, until they saw that the law brings enough changes to ask for new ones”. More delay.

Scarcity does not particularly concern any community and affects them all. It depends, says Anele, on each publisher. News that books are missing come from centers in Galicia, the Balearic Islands, Madrid or Aragon. The centers are not worried, assuming that the delay does not take longer than expected. "These first days are used for reviews and initial evaluations," says a director who trusts that in the meantime the materials will end up arriving in a complex course, which comes with a methodological change included and in which the support of the books at the time of proposing activities or learning situations that the law brings seems perhaps more important than other years, at least at first.

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