The rector of the University of the Basque Country (UPV / EHU), Nekane Balluerka, has agreed with the "concept" of paying Social Security for the practices of students, but has specified that "the problem is who takes care of that cost. "
In an interview on Radio Euskadi, Balluerka has referred to the "surprise approval and without prior agreement" with the universities of a royal decree that incorporates the Social Security contribution of external academic practices.
"There is still a lack of regulatory development to know who is responsible for these contributions, which would be a very important economic cost, we hope that we do not have to pay the universities because the consequence would be that some students would be left without practices," he explained.
At this moment, the UPV / EHU sends to practices a total of 11,800 students a year, and of them, about 7,000 are compulsory, such as Medicine, Nursing or Teaching.
In his opinion, this measure would have to be accompanied by the necessary economic contribution to put it into practice, with a one hundred percent bonus.
"We understand that these funds should be provided by the ministry or by the Basque Government in the event that it supports it," he said, but always "without further taxing the situation of the universities."