Class sizes and new schools buildings under consideration
During a recent visit of Ana Dorta, the regional director general for education centres and infrastructures, the issue of both class sizes and three new centres were discussed.
Dorta visited a number of schools in the borough accompanied by the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, the councillor for creative development and education Adolfo Alonso, the regional coordinator Jonathan Fumero and departmental heads. The visitors were here to learn first-hand the needs and plans of the borough for a number of essential projects that are underway, and in some cases awaiting final approval from the regional government.
During visits to a number of the borough’s primary and secondary schools the issue of class sizes was raised, as was the need to agree on an acceptable ratio of teachers to pupils. The mayor commented that the growth in class sizes was not new in Adeje and centres needed to be remodelled to meet the increasing demand. As well as other factors, the growth was, he said, “the result of migratory flows and the attractiveness of the borough as a residential area for new families given, among other things, the high employment rate”. Security accessibility and youth activities were other factors discussed by the visitors with the council representatives.
Adolfo Alonso also included a visit to the plots of land that have already been given to the regional government for the construction of a new primary school in Tijoco (the current school is far too small for the number of pupils in the catchment area) and the proposed teacher training college, behind Gran Sur. He added to the agenda the urgent need to accelerate the approval and construction of a third secondary school in the borough, in Las Torres. This latter project is currently in the hands of the regional government offices awaiting a final decision.
“It’s essential that these three projects, which we have asked for for many years, are now dealt with urgently by the regional government”, said the Adeje councillor. “The council have given the land to the Canarian government and we said we are happy to cooperate in whatever we can to progress these building projects. These are not whims of the council, they are plans to meet the real and current needs of our residents. In some cases we need to replace buildings that are obsolete and which simply don’t meet the pupils’ needs. In other cases are are dealing with infrastructures that are fundamental, not just for Adeje but for the whole of the south of Tenerife.
“We are talking about offering training opportunities to our young population with which they can meet the challenges of the labour market head-on, prepared and able to compete at all levels. We are talking about equality of opportunities, innovation and employment, about our young people and their future”, outlined Adolfo Alonso.