Toledo (EFE).- The Castilla-La Mancha Community Board and the ANPE and UGT unions have sealed with their signature the agreement reached by which the working conditions of Education professionals are improved.
Among the improvements, the reduction in teaching hours, the reduction of ratios in the classrooms, the contract in July and August for temporary workers and the commitment to public job offers in the coming years are included.
The agreement was signed by the President of Castilla-La Mancha, Emiliano García-Page; the Minister of Education, Culture and Sports, Rosa Ana Rodríguez; the president of ANPE in the region, Martín Navarro, and the regional secretary of the UGT education sector, Manuel Amigo.
The agreement for the improvement of the educational system and the working conditions of the non-university teaching staff signed this Monday was reached on January 25 with these two union organizations that constitute 75% of the union representation.
García-Page values the work of the unions
The regional president, Emiliano García-Page, has indicated that even those who have not signed the agreement are also ‘grosso modo’ included in it and has valued the work carried out by the union representatives in making the effort to put themselves in the role of the other to improve things in a context of responsibility.
Likewise, he added that what was signed will be fulfilled even “if they are badly given” since what was agreed would be the last to be adjusted.
It has also promised to continue “consolidating and shielding” the education system in the next five years, since public job offers will continue to be called.
In this sense, García-Page has recalled that when he came to the Government of Castilla-La Mancha in 2015, the previous Executive chaired by María Dolores de Cospedal, had fired 6,000 teachers, whom, he has said, in successive public offers of employment that have been summoned these years have been hired and the templates have been stabilized.
ANPE highlights the weight of public education, 85% in Castilla-La Mancha
The regional president of ANPE, who recalled that public education accounts for 85% of the total in Castilla-La Mancha, has assessed that the signed agreement is “the necessary step to reverse the cuts” and that they come to respond to the main claims.
Thus, Martín Navarro has indicated, in terms of teaching hours, the objective is set of lowering to 18 weekly teaching hours for secondary school teachers and 23 for teachers.
In addition, the ratio per classroom is established in a progressive reduction to 22 students in Infant and Primary, and in this sense, he has highlighted that Castilla-La Mancha will be the only region in Spain in which the ratio is below 25 students per class.
Also included are the summer charge for temporary workers and “extensive” public employment offers that already by 2024 represent a thousand positions for the teaching staff, among other improvements.
UGT highlights that the measures focus on teachers
For his part, the head of education at UGT, Manuel Amigo, has also assessed that in this agreement “the focus is placed on teachers” with measures “of depth”, and that it will lead to an increase in teachers per center, in addition, He has said that it is an open agreement.
The Castilian-La Mancha president has also highlighted his commitment to “valorization and recognition of the role of the educator”, since, as he has said, “it is very difficult for a society to appreciate itself if it does not appreciate those in charge of educate our children.
A society, he has continued, is interested in its educators being valued as much as possible, with certain conditions and with respect inside and outside the classroom.
He has also highlighted that Castilla-La Mancha is the region with the highest percentage of public education and that the system is being maintained even in areas with a minimum population.