The Minister of Education of the Generalitat, Josep Gonzàlez-Cambray, has announced this Tuesday that the Government will not renew the concert to the 11 Catalan educational centers that are segregated by sex from the next academic year, 2022-2023.
At a press conference after the Executive Council, he argued that the public administration should ensure that schools “are free from any type of discrimination, whether based on sex, origin, language, religion or socioeconomic situation»To avoid increasing stereotypes and sexism.
With this new measure, at the end of the 2021-2022 school year the validity of the concerts in the second cycle of early childhood education will end, ESO groups, baccalaureate and vocational training (FP), and will have an impact on about 4,000 students.
However, this measure may not take effect if it does not have the endorsement of the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC), as it already happened in 2020. In 2020, the Government announced the renewal of the Primary concerts to the schools that separate by sex but the TSJC denied it after the heads of the centers presented an appeal against the resolution.
Faced with this situation, the minister has assured that the Government has more and more coverage and legal guarantees that protect this measure, so he trusts that this time it will come into force, and has asked not ‘judicialize»Issues relating to education.
For him, this measure responds to a “social demand” and parliamentary, after the last plenary session of the Parlament approved an initiative that urged the Government to withdraw those concerts, and that was approved although without the support of Vox, Cs or PP.
Cambray has also announced that as of January 2022, 284 “digital mentors” will be incorporated into Catalan schools to accompany and advise teachers and students on computer skills and thus promote digitalization in classrooms.
This measure is one of the actions contemplated in the Catalonia Digital Education Plan 2020-2023 to “respond to the challenge of educational transformation” and aims to have an impact on 3,541 centers, 92,200 people and an indirect impact on 1.6 million students.
Each digital mentor will advise between 4 and 15 educational centers during the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years, and will be in charge of teaching, implementing and evaluating the digital strategy of each center and collecting indicators that allow defining their state of digital maturity, informs Ep.