What challenges will the next government face in education?

What challenges will the next government face in education?

The first to speak was the teacher Juan Pedro Mirformer national director of Education during the governments of Broad Front (FA) and currently a member of the Independent Party. “One of the big issues that cannot escape the agenda of the next administration is the teacher training. The challenge we have is to necessarily put it in the postgraduate accreditation of teachers and future teachers. If anything has been demonstrated in these years, it is that educational transformation is possible and today it is part of common sense,” he stated, evaluating the main concepts that the current administration has introduced in the educational area.

“No one can seriously consider stopping talking about skills. Today the challenge is to advance a little further, to advance structurally and fundamentally to expand the social base of the transformation,” the former leader added along these lines.

Mir also focused his presentation on what the support network for childhood and adolescence, outside the hours of the central educational system. “Uruguay It has a fantastic network of social fabric, of children’s clubs and educational spaces that undoubtedly occupy a very important place, that need to complement and articulate the pedagogical time It is one of the fundamental challenges that we see for the next administration,” he concluded.

At the same time, the master in technological innovation and director of the Plan Ceibal, Leandro Folgar, reflected in the line of his work plan that “the first thing is that the agenda of the next government has to maximize the potential of the infrastructure installed in Uruguaythe speed with which you can share data and use high-performance equipment, so that the teams can run appropriately to be able to accompany the teaching task.”

The leader demanded that the politicians in charge of educational management take into account the new needs of the technological transformation. “We need to understand that the phenomenon of education has changed and needs different professionals, we need to change teacher training, we need to bring professionals from other disciplines, open to interdisciplinary teams that they can genuinely dialogue with these new issues that change every 20 minutes,” he stated.

For his part, the current national director of Education, Gonzalo Baronihighlighted the main axes of the current administration, but at the same time also recognizing aspects that could not be completed and outlining challenges for a future government.

“This administration, for the first time in a long time, established a very clear roadmap of what we were going to do and we also have a series of objectives and indicators that are very easy to show what we did and what we did not do and we can justify it. We talk about transformation educational and not a finished reform because at all times we have to improve and deepen some things,” he mentioned.

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Along these lines, Baroni put on the table some proposals that he defined as provocative, among which are changing the system of choosing teaching hoursbasing their concern on the fact that “every year a teacher has the uncertainty of where they are going to practice, that they do not know who they are going to have sitting next to them to form a team, that the mother and father do not actually know which teaching community they are has been developing… We have to think long term,” he stated.

In another innovative idea for the future, Baroni raised the possibility of a differentiated salary payment by geographic area and socioeconomic context. “Teaching is not the same as being in an educational center just a few blocks away from the coastal area of Montevideo, than being in the most remote neighborhoods of Montevideo, on the periphery of cities in the interior of the country, where there is a very different socioeconomic context,” he said. “That implies another type of training, but it also implies other types of incentives. It is quite rational that everyone chooses the least complicated because they will pay the same for the most complicated. So, the fact that there is a salary differentiation would be quite important,” he explained.

For the hierarch it is also necessary improve registration processes. “Let there be a little Artificial intelligencethat there are a few tools that facilitate the election process and be transparent, that there is no bureaucracy human that at the end of the day say who goes here and who goes there, or if, as sometimes unfortunately ends up happening, that two little brothers end up in different educational centers, when anyone who is a father, anyone who is a mother, knows that the logistics It is fundamental,” concluded Baroni.

Finally it was the turn of Adriana Aristimunoexecutive director of Educational Policies of the ANEP, who framed the main challenge as “continuing to open the educational system.” “The educational system in Uruguay has suffered for many years from a marked inbreeding. One of the greatest efforts that has been made in this orientation has been to open it,” he expressed.

“Because the world does not wait for us, the world moves very fast, the world moves very interested in education. When one has the opportunity to read, learn, study and listen, one realizes that there are discussions that are outdated and that unfortunately many times in Uruguay “We continue to be trapped in some issues and inertia that result in detriment to our students and therefore to our society,” added the organization’s leader.

As a recommendation for the future, Aristimuño mentioned that the agenda of this future Government should once again take up the issue of curricular transformation. “If I had to recommend any focus, it would be the focus on pedagogical innovation in the classrooms. A second issue is to establish why Uruguay does not grow even more in full school days. We can aspire to expand full-time enrollment in primary school,” Aristimuño concluded his intervention.

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