Up to 5,823 Melilla students suffer from the digital divide due to the lack of a device or internet access to be able to be ‘connected’ to their classes, even if they are distance or blended. This has been recognized by the Government of Pedro Sánchez to questions from the national deputy of VOX for Ceuta, Teresa López, about the data that the Ministry of Education handled and that showed that the digital divide. However, given this high number of ‘disconnected’ students, so far only 500 sim cards and 99 tablets have been distributed to try to alleviate this problem and the Executive does not speak of possible solutions in his response to VOX.
After learning that the Provincial Directorate of Education had designed a contingency plan in which it provided for the provision to educational centers of devices with which to alleviate the digital divide, López asked in July about the data that the Ministry had. Now, from the Government they give the disaggregated figures of the “detected needs” in each center and by educational stages. Of course, they point out that these data "are not sufficiently contrasted" and that they should be taken with "caution". Even so, the figure is still worrying: 13,356 students in Ceuta and Melilla suffer from the digital divide.
As stated by the Executive in his response to VOX, in Melilla there are more "disconnected" students in Infant and Primary centers than in high schools. Thus, the center with the most detected needs is CEIP Juan Caro Romero (729), followed by CEIP Velázquez (520) and CEIP Spain (427). Meanwhile, in secondary school it is the IES Rusadir that records the most students without devices or connection with 560.
In Ceuta the situation is somewhat worse. The centers with the greatest needs detected are the institutes, specifically the IES Abyla (825), the IES Clara Campoamor (593) and the IES Almina (538). In the case of Infant and Primary schools, the CEIP Reina Sofía is where there are more students without a device or connection, in total, 479. They are followed by CEIP Federico García Lorca (347), CEIP Príncipe Felipe (330) and CEIP the Andrés Manjón (320).
On the other hand, the Government has not answered López's questions about the exclusion of concerted education from the aid plan of 2,000 million euros for education. The Ceuta parliamentarian asked last July to find out if the Executive was going to reconsider its position. However, from Moncloa they do not answer this question and limit themselves to justifying that the distribution of these funds has been made "based on population criteria and the incidence of the virus."
"The pandemic, and the consequent cessation of face-to-face activity, have, if possible, accentuated the vulnerability of certain students", emphasizes the Executive of Pedro Sánchez to add: "Social inequality exists and what education does is compensate, applying equity and thinking of the most vulnerable students in the system, regardless of the ownership of the educational centers ”. In this way, the Government avoids ruling on the subsidized centers, despite the fact that the destination of these funds was public education.