The Ministry of Education, Universities, Culture and Sports of the Government of the Canary Islands does not guarantee that the new Secondary Education Institute (IES) of Guaza will come into operation coinciding with the start of the next course. From the regional Executive, it is ensured that the company responsible for the project that is being developed in Cho-Parque de La Reina “is meeting the deadlines and as soon as the work is received (during the 22/23 academic year) the students will move to the center” .
Work was suspended “partially and temporarily” in March 2021, affecting some units. The cause was “the modification of the initial project to incorporate a series of improvements”. The work resumed in September after adding 9 classrooms and 5 new administration and management spaces to the 22 classrooms planned from the beginning. The changes also include the improvement of the energy efficiency of the low-voltage and photovoltaic installations and new provisions not foreseen in the initial project, such as the air conditioning in the assembly hall (it was planned for the classrooms), the expansion of the wi-fi installation or an anti-intrusion system.
Parents are waiting for an official statement from the Ministry of Education. From the Association of Mothers and Fathers of Students (AMPA) they show their rejection of their children starting another course in the prefabricated classrooms of Guaza, a center that was born 20 years ago as an emergency solution to attend to the demographic explosion that Arona registered at the beginning of this century. After three months of work, it was inaugurated on September 12, 2002, being the first modular educational center built in the Canary Islands. Today it is the only one in Tenerife. During this time, the barracks that make up the center experienced great deterioration, presenting serious deficiencies as a result of their prolonged use.
On December 4, 2017, the Ministry of Education and Universities of the Government of the Canary Islands awarded the construction of the Guaza Secondary Education Institute (IES) to the company Proyecon Galicia for 5,885,885 euros. With capacity for 680 students, it is built on a plot of 13,120 square meters. The center will have 31 classrooms, as well as a covered sports hall, an assembly hall with access to the outside for use as a cultural center for the area, as well as parking for staff in the semi-basement.