During the visit, which they made to mark the start of the school year, they were able to see how well the school year was going and they had a meeting with the school delegates, who told them about the numerous options available to them, such as their own vegetable garden in each of the classrooms. The Government delegate, Aránzazu Martín, stressed that “one of the priorities of the Andalusian Government in Education is to improve the infrastructure in our province and proof of this are the numerous works that are being carried out in various centres”.
In Almería there are 60 works to be carried out during the 2022-23 school year, with a total budget of 18.16 million euros. This means that more than 28,000 students enrolled in these centres will benefit from these actions.
The delegate for Educational Development and Vocational Training, Francisco Alonso, highlighted the new headquarters of the Kina Jiménez Professional Dance Conservatory in Almería (under construction), the new secondary school in Huércal de Almería, and the extensions to the Francisco Montoya secondary school in El Ejido, the CEIP Mare Nostrum in Adra and the CEIP Arco Iris in Roquetas de Mar, which are also under construction. In addition, he detailed that “actions such as the extension of the IES AlYanub in Vera have already been completed and others such as the refurbishment of the CEIP Bartolomé Flores in Mojácar are practically finished”.
Likewise, within the bioclimatisation and renewable energy plan, 33 actions are programmed in the province that will be completed between the first quarter of the school year and the spring of 2023.
In the chapter of reforms and improvements, other interventions are also being carried out aimed at eliminating architectural barriers, improving the thermal comfort of buildings or modernising facilities, among other lines of action.
The Mayor of Huércal de Almería thanked the Government Delegate and the Educational Development Department for choosing the La Jarilla school for the start of the school year. Ismael Torres explained that “it is a centre that has many challenges, with an extension to the playground which we are working on and which I am sure we will complete in this academic year”. He also thanked the progress and development of the new school, which has been requested for many years. Torres assures that “Huércal is now a town and we had a deficit in education, also in health, and thanks to the new government team of the Junta de Andalucía all this is being corrected and our neighbours are receiving the services they deserve”.
Drop in the number of pupils
The Government delegate explained that “this school year has seen a further decrease in the number of pupils, due to the drop in the birth rate, reflected above all in the second cycle of Infant and Primary education, with around 460 fewer pupils”.
Martín detailed that yesterday just over 74,000 students in the second cycle of Infant, Primary and Special Education started yesterday in 245 schools in the province of Almería. The rest of the students in non-university education will start classes on 15 September, with the exception of students in higher artistic education, who will start on the 20th of this month.
The La Jarilla centre, located in Huércal de Almería, has an enrolment of 678 students distributed among the Infant, Primary and Special Education classes. Forty teachers are in charge of the day to day running of this educational space which has programmes such as Erasmus +, a linguistic project, or a coexistence plan among other programmes.