Last Friday, when the opinion of the Government’s educational project, the Lomloe, better known as the “Celaá law”, was approved in the Congress of Deputies, the socialist deputy Mari Luz Martínez Seijo, accused the opposition of “generating a climate of suspicion and suspicion about the viability of the law.” Something similar said this Sunday the spokesman for United We Can in Congress, Pablo Echenique, on Twitter: «We are receiving emails from people concerned about the Education Law. Their concern seems to come from having been misinformed about various recurring elements. And to “work it out», The purple party resorted to a document that aims to help these« uninformed »citizens. But it seems that it is not only the opposition, the educational community or the street that are concerned about the processing of the “Celaá law”, specifically, if it is being done with sufficient social and political consensus.
In a report prepared by the European Commission, “2020 Education and Training Monitor”, the agency recalls that our country is “producing a comprehensive reform of the education law” and warns that the “success” of the Lomloe «will depend largely on reaching a broad political and social consensus». He adds that «the educational results of the students they have not improved and regional differences continue to exist. ‘
It should be remembered that apart from being answered since the rule was known, it is the first educational law in history that left civil society out of its debate in the Lower House. This decision was made by PSOE, Podemos and the rest of the parliamentary groups opposed by PP, Cs, Vox and UPN.
Europe also warns of “challenges” to the law by the educational community
The report also includes the aspects that the Government claims to want to improve with the law: infant education; reinforcement of lagging students; reduction of school segregation; offering schools more flexibility in their study plans … And they issue another warning: «Measures such as limits to grade repetition must ensure consistency with the general objectives (for example, to improve the educational results of the students)”. The reduction of repetition, as ABC advanced, was proposed by PSOE, Podemos and Bildu and they limit their number to a maximum of two throughout all compulsory education (to which is added the ease of obtaining the Baccalaureate degree with two suspensions; approach that was in the original wording of the Lomloe)
The report also acknowledges that «Proposals lead to challenges inside and outside Parliament (political parties, teachers’ unions, associations of schools, parents and students and other stakeholders), for example, because funding is inadequate and because greater flexibility in curricula may risk generating even greater regional divergences ».
And they once again insist that “the European Council has underlined that the success of the measures that can be taken will depend on investing time in the construction of a broad and enduring political and social consensus around reforms».
In addition, they highlight that the levels of basic competences have not improved: they recall that in the last PISA (2018), the average performance fell by 10 points in Science and by 5 in Mathematics, compared to the 2015 study.