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The new plan to improve mathematics and reading will extend from primary to high school

by PREMIUM.CAT
un grupo de niñas sentadas en escritorios con papeles y bolígrafos en las manos y escribiendo en papel frente a ellas, De Hirsh Margules, película fija, una fotografía de archivo, escuela de barbizon

The Minister of Education, Pilar Alegría, presents the state program to reverse the low results of the PISA report

This Thursday, the Minister of Education, Pilar Alegría, announced the new state plan to improve mathematics and reading, which will cover from primary to high school. The plan aims to improve students’ skills in these two areas, which have shown a decline in the latest PISA report. For this reason, the Spanish government will allocate an adequate budget to implement actions such as reducing the number of students per group or offering free extracurricular activities.

As the minister has explained, the plan will benefit 5.2 million public and charter students, from first grade to second year of high school, in the case of the reading program. As for the mathematics program, it will be aimed at students from third grade to high school. The minister has assured that the plan’s budget will be “ambitious” and will be “strongly supported” by resources. In addition, he recalled other measures taken by the Spanish government to promote education, such as the increase in scholarships or the modernization of professional training.

The plan responds to the need to raise the educational level of Spanish students

The plan to improve mathematics and reading is a response to the worrying situation reflected in the PISA report, which assesses the skills of 15-year-old students in different countries. The latest report, published last month, places Spain below the OECD average in mathematics and reading, with a drop compared to the previous edition. For this reason, the president of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez, announced on Sunday that the next budgets would include a specific item to improve these areas.

The Minister of Education also speaks out on other topical educational issues

In addition to the plan to improve mathematics and reading, the Minister of Education has discussed other issues affecting the education sector. One of them is the use of mobile phones in classrooms, which has generated a debate between the various educational agents. The minister has announced that the devices cannot be used in schools and institutes, except when the teacher requests it. “What is important is that it is not used during school hours,” he said.

Another issue that has raised controversy is the Popular Party’s proposal to create a system of selectivity for the autonomous communities where it governs, but open to the rest who want to join. The minister has described this idea as “frivolous” and “unfeasible”, and has defended the need to reflect with all the agents of the educational community and come up with “serious” proposals. Likewise, he recalled that the last education law established mechanisms to create a new evaluation system, in which no community governed by the people has participated. “Those who defend equality now propose a solution only for the PP communities,” he lamented.

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