The 9.883 teachers across Almeria will be busy filing paperwork after the Ministry of Education decided it would be a good idea to check that none of them are sexual predators. The new requirement of a criminal record clean of sexual offences comes after a legislative change implemented on August 18. It took until now (the school year is well underway) for the Ed Min to decide how to implement the change. Basically, teachers have Continue reading Teachers must prove they aren’t paedophiles
Being male or female will soon be just a question of ticking a box on an application form, as a new law currently going through the Andalucian Parliament will allow transsexuals to choose their own gender. Currently, a battery of medical and psychiatric reports are required for the government to accept that you’ve changed your gender. But, “following international medical guidelines” the Parliament is expected to vote through a radical new law that says the Continue reading Choose your own sex! Andalucia first region to allow free gender identity
Far be it from me to accuse the Junta de Andalucia of wasting money (that’s the job of the state budget controller and the EU), but 7.2 million euros giving every brat in Andalucia a free tablet computer? 27.423 students at 6º de Primaria (12 year olds) will receive a free Andalucian tablet, pre loaded with Android and Guadalinex Edu 2013. Guadalinex is free educational OS developed by the Junta for use in its Guadalinfo Continue reading Every Andaluz kid to get a free tablet computer!
Mojacar is hosting the third “Posidonia 100% Mediterránea” exhibition, which aims to show people the ecosystem of the sea without having to don a scuba suit. The exhibition, financed by the Junta, is visiting different towns and will be in Mojacar cultural centre from the 21st of Jan until the 30th. It’s an educational show which aims to bring the concept of “under the sea” to children and adults alike. Explore the bottom of the Continue reading Explore the bottom of the sea in Mojacar cultural centre!
Coz in Socialist Andalusia, we all have to be equal [ly poor, that is]. See, Madrid bought out a new law which aimed to shake up the educational system in Spain, which is run and organised by the regions. One of the changes was to allow the ranking of schools by performance, and within schools, ranking of students and teachers, so that bright students could, in theory, be fast tracked, and bad teachers sidelined (you Continue reading Andalucia refuses to allow ranking within schools
It’s cutback Friday! Hurrah! What will be cut this week? Well, everything actually. Rajoy has just announced that he will actually cut the budget by twice as much as originally planned. He was going to cut 65 billion out of the budget over the next two years. He will now cut: 102.15 billion euros! You know, that’s an awful lot of money. It’s equivalent to 10% of GNP. Somehow, despite all this cutback, it seems Continue reading Forget cutting 65 billion out of the budget – let’s cut 102 billion!
The new priest at Adra, one Juan Daniel López (not the new priest in Maria, who recently flipped and called his parishioners “heretics” before telling several rambling stories about who’d done what with whom – before being saved by the lynch mob by the Guardia) has offered his poorer parishioners the chance to do odd jobs around the church instead of paying for their childrens catechism. (Catecismo -catechism- is the Catholic session of lessons before Continue reading Can’t pay your catechism? Clean the church instead!
The Junta has confirmed that a small number of public educational centres (primary schools to you and me) in the province have wrongly charged for this years text books. All textbooks were supposed to have been free this year (elections, you know). If you were charged by your school for educational materials, you need to submit a request for a refund along with the original receipt. The Junta estimates that 7,500 families across 15 schools Continue reading Been charged for schoolbooks? Ask for your money back
Spain loves the whole idea of “education” and “formation”. Politicians use long phrases such as “Long enough we have suffered economically, and in unemployment terms, without having to suffer as well without the possibility of educating ourselves whilst our bodies are idle” Bastante sufrimos en términos económicos y de desempleo para que suframos también en términos educativos mientras estamos parados”, [Rubalcaba 25/10/10 on investment in education] or Savater (the philosopher): “We must define the common Continue reading Spain loves teaching, but people just use the government cash to fiddle the system
IES García Ramos in Albox decided, after consultation with teachers and parents, to go “uniform only” next year. In general, after a quick swing through the local forums, parents seemed to be broadly in favour of the plan, which was nothing too fancy. Smart trousers or shorts, shoes, polo shirt and appropriate gym wear. However, Andalucia being a Socialist country where Democracy Rules and the Right of the Individual is Guaranteed under the Law and Continue reading Albox school told that it can’t force kids to wear uniform