The CSIF union denounced this Monday that this next school year, which starts this week in most of the autonomous communities, will have 17,000 fewer teachers compared to last year, a figure that represents a reduction of 40%.
This was stated this Monday at a press conference by the president of the national education sector of the CSIF, Mario Gutiérrez, and the secretary of the national sector of Education, Autonomous Coordination and Negotiation of the CSIF, Isabel Madruga Abajo, who have presented a report from the union on the deficit of staff in the public school before the start of the next year and on the cutback of the reinforcements of teachers hired due to the Covid last year.
As Madruga explained, CSIF has detected that the news of hiring that the union has obtained is “uneven . ” “There are some who have not given us these news, others who say that they are reinforced in the first quarter and on other occasions there is no official information on whether the promised number will be in the classrooms,” he criticized. In any case, no community will increase the reinforcement of teachers, but, at most, they will keep them, Gutiérrez adds.
In relation to this, the president of the national sector of Education of the CSIF has denounced the “obscurantism” of “many” autonomous communities to obtain data on the hiring of teachers for this next course, especially highlighting communities such as those of Andaucía, Community of Madrid , Castilla-La Mancha or Aragon. “The least obscurantist of all is the General State Administration, which has everything published in its statistical bulletins; it should be like that in all communities,” Gutiérrez pointed out.
Thus, Madruga has urged all educational administrations to be “transparent” and to give “exact data.” “We cannot fall into an improvisation,” he lamented.
“Impossible” to maintain the measures
According to Madruga, the deficit of 17,000 teachers for this school year means that it is “impossible” to maintain the sanitary measures and the protocols established for the educational field this year. Madruga recalls that, already in May, CSIF rejected the measures agreed for the 2021-2022 academic year, especially regarding being able to reduce the interpersonal distance to 1.2 meters because, in this way, the ratios would rise.
For this reason, among the measures requested by CSIF, are: the increase in the teaching staff, the general reduction of the ratios and ensuring, as in the last year, the 1.5 meters of distance.
On the other hand, the union has wanted to focus on two aggravating factors that will be present this school year. The first of these is the “uneven” vaccination of students. Madruga and Gutiérrez denounce, firstly, that those under 12 years of age still cannot be vaccinated and, secondly, that those over 12 who are already vaccinated do not reach 40% with the full schedule.
The second aggravating factor is, according to the union, the possible new strains that may arise. “We ask for alert and caution, and for the administrations to modify the protocols as necessary to adapt it to the new risks,” Madruga claims, who also asks for official vaccination data from teachers.
A new Law on the teaching function
On the other hand, CSIF assures that this deficit is not exclusive to this year, as the data from the OECD and students per teacher for 2009 indicated that there was a staff deficit of 50,000 teachers throughout Spain. If to this is added the needs to reduce temporary employment, plus the places that have to be covered by retirement, around 180,000 teaching places would have to be called in the next three years, according to Gutiérrez.
During this summer, the teaching competitions have stabilized 25,000 professionals, of which 80% had experience as a teacher . However, 2,600 places have been deserted, especially in the specialty of Mathematics, as explained by the president of the national education sector of the union, who therefore asks to work on a new law on teaching.