A group of families presented last July to the General Directorate of Centers, Infrastructure and Educational Promotion a letter, backed by 600 signatures, in which they show their “resounding rejection of mixed groups”, especially at a time like the present , due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The families remember that these students lost the last quarter of the 2019-2020 academic year, some come from other mixed groups in previous courses and have suffered years with continuous changes in teaching staff, so they demand that «this planning be reconsidered and offered to all the students the possibility of attending a class with peers of a single educational level ».
The response of Education has been that, due to a question of ratios, there will be a third with 20 students, a fourth with 21 students and a mixed course, third and fourth, with 19 students. A proposal that, according to the response sent by the Ministry to these families, “scrupulously complies with the norm, both state and regional regarding the ratios of the groups.”
Sources of the families affected by this decision have indicated to EL DÍA that they fear that the students of the course that mixes third and fourth “will not have the same opportunities as those who attend a third and fourth pure”. In addition, they point out that in several cases of these students born in 2012 and 2013, their last school years have been affected by various anomalous circumstances: «In the last year of childhood they had, due to withdrawals and changes of destination, a total of seven teachers different; In first grade, the pandemic caught them and they stayed home since March; in second it was clear that, due to these two atypical courses, they were dragging reading-writing and mathematical calculation problems, and now in third they are going to mix them with fourth-year students ».
These families also criticize “the lack of information regarding the criteria used to distribute the students in the different planned courses”, and assure that they have not been given the opportunity to change schools in this circumstance either. In addition, in another claim in July they have questioned that “the size of the classrooms guarantees a safe distance between students in classes with more than 19 students.”