• It is urgent that the Government elaborate an ambitious plan with the participation of the administrations and agents of the technological sector that guarantees the equity of our educational system and the quality of education
Today the Popular Parliamentary Group has proposed, through a non-law proposal, a Comprehensive Plan to eliminate the digital divide in the educational field. To do this, the GPP proposes ten concrete measures to end these differences in the sector:
In this sense, the Popular Group claims to guarantee that all students have access to a computer or device for educational use, ensure the digital learning of children with disabilities, migrants, those who live in protection centers and Roma children, accompany families in the digital educational process of childhood, encourage the participation of civil society, promote research on the use and access to new technologies of children and adolescents with an equity perspective, and adopt measures and programs so that all the educational community makes a responsible and appropriate use of digital media.
It is also requested that in a period not exceeding 3 years, all teachers obtain the recognition of digital teaching competence, promote projects that favor innovation and technological transformation in the educational field, advance in the initial and permanent training of teachers in digital education that includes the interaction of teachers with students in learning, and developing territorial cooperation policies.
According to the Popular Parliamentary Group, the crisis of COVID-19 has revealed the inequality of technological means of the school population, since many families do not have computers or devices to carry out the assigned school work, nor an internet connection.
In this sense, the GPP highlights that there are almost 300,000 children in Spain who have not used a computer in the last three months and almost 140,000 who have not had a single contact with the internet in the same period.
During the COVID-19 crisis, the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training has made 20,000 mobile devices available to high school and vocational training students. A figure that only represents 1.3% of the total number of students at these levels, which is why the GPP considers this figure insufficient.
In addition, the OEI in its report 'Effects of the coronavirus on education' points out that the reduction in the duration of educational instruction could be up to 11% of the standard deviation of learning and highlights that those students whose parents have more more level They can receive more help during quarantine. Likewise, UNESCO has warned of the possible increase in school dropout as a consequence of the prolonged closure of schools.
For all these reasons, the GPP urges the Government to prepare an ambitious plan with the participation of the administrations and agents of the technological sector that guarantees the equity of our educational system and the quality of education.
This initiative of the Popular Parliamentary Group has been signed by its spokesperson, Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, the deputy spokesperson for the GPP Sandra Moneo, its spokespersons for Education and Universities, Óscar Clavell and María Jesús Moro, and the popular deputies Elena Castillo, Pedro Navarro, Beatriz Jiménez, Soledad Cruz-Guzmán, Carmen González Guinda, José Ángel Alonso, Juan Antonio Callejas and Juan Luis Pedreño.