The signatories of the agreement on Monday. / EUROPA PRESS

Junta employs 4,600 extra teaching staff to negate the effects of the pandemic

The regional government has signed an agreement with the unions to boost the workforce in educational centres across the region

Héctor Barbotta
HÉCTOR BARBOTTA

Public schools and colleges in Andalucía will start the new 2021/2022 school year with 4,600 new teaching staff on the books of the regional government.

On Monday, 6 September, an agreement was signed between the Junta de Andalucía and the SIF, ANPE and UGT unions, meaning an investment of about 200 million euros for the extra employees.

The agreement was signed during a meeting held in Seville’s San Telmo palace that was chaired by the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, and in which the vice president, Juan Marín, as well as the Minister of Education and Sports, were present.

Javier Imbroda, thanked the union organisations for their work to reach a an agreement, which "goes far beyond" the increase in teachers is “above all a huge investment in the quality of education in the region."

The councillor reported that "23.65 per cent of these 4,600 teachers will be consolidated to meet the new needs" of vocational training, special education and other needs and the rest will be used to specifically to “carry out actions aimed at combating and overcoming the effects negative results derived from the pandemic situation.”

The current Covid-19 situation has generated the need to have additional teachers in public educational centres to lower the ratio of students per teacher with the aim of improving educational results and reducing school absenteeism.

Of the 4,600 new teachers, some 1,914 started in July, and the rest of will join in the coming days so that they are at their jobs at the beginning of the 2021/22 school year in early childhood, primary, secondary education and college education centres across the region.