The beginning of the academic year was subjected to analysis by the Socialist Party, who highlighted “improvisation” and “uncertainty” as the predominant notes. The implementation of the new Lomloe education law is, in the party’s opinion, the greatest uncertainty. «We still do not know the definitive curricular development of the subjects; the Board should have taken it out a long time ago, ”said Carmen Casas, Secretary of Education of the provincial executive of the PSOE.
From the party they consider that it is a problem that directly affects the purchase of books by families and also educational centers regarding the Releo program. “How are they going to buy the books without knowing if they will be adapted to the Lomloe, if they have to be modified or will they be used for next year,” said Jesús Guerrero, deputy spokesman for Education in the Cortes of Castilla y León, who added that it is a problem that affects the teachers who have to do the didactic programming of each course.
The novelty this course of free schooling for 2-3 years is a welcome measure, but they warned that “the Board is implementing it with a lot of improvisation. If we look at the registrations, Castilla y Léon is in the lowest positions of all the autonomous communities, ”Guerrero lamented. This uncertainty also reaches the dining room service, which is so important for families in terms of reconciling work and family life. “We started the course without knowing very well how this service is going to be offered because a new specification has to come out,” explained Casas.
ratios. The Secretary of Socialist Education referred to the class ratios, which after being reduced by the pandemic, are higher again this year. “All the actors of the educational community insistently ask to reduce the ratios in the classrooms that allow an equal education and that adapts to the specific needs of each student”, said Casas. Likewise, she demanded that special attention be paid to education in rural schools, that their particularities be taken into account, avoiding ratios that cannot be applied. “Rural education is essential to settle the population and the survival of towns,” Casas stressed. For his part, Jesús Guerrero recalled what was published by the Common Prosecutor last month that there is inequality in rural areas.
The deputy spokesperson for Education in the Cortes affirmed that “the Releo program is finished as it only reaches 22% of schoolchildren in Palencia” and stressed that “the PSOE proposes a law of free textbooks and curricular material for all of Castile and León, as most communities have. Likewise, he criticized the Board that, after two years, the aid approved in relation to extraordinary scholarships is not being fulfilled. A fact against which his party is taking measures such as the extension of 400 euros to scholarship students, which in Palencia benefits almost 3,000 young people.