The Director of Public Education ruled out that, as a result of the pandemic, the process of transferring municipal schools to new local services has been affected, scheduled for January 2021, after senators entered a bill to extend this term, up to one year.
The motion entered by Senators Yasna Provoste, from the Christian Democrats; Isabel Allende, from the Socialist party, plus senators Juan Ignacio Latorre, from the Democratic Revolution; Alejandro Navarro, from the PRO and Claudio Alvarado, from the UDI, seek to extend the deadline for the transfer to the Local Education Services set for January 2021, because as a result of the pandemic, this process has not been able to develop in a good way .
As established in the calendar of the New Public Education Law, the municipal schools that must be transferred are those located in the communes of Copiapó, Tierra Amarilla, Caldera, Chañaral, and Diego de Almagro, in the Atacama region, the commune of Valparaíso, in the same region; Colchagua, in the O’Higgins region and Llanquihue, in Los Lagos.
Senator Yasna Provoste, He argued that the transfer to local services is a complex process, involving many formal aspects.
With regard to these aspects, he exemplified with “holding the contests to provide the positions in the new local education services, but also preparing the payrolls of all teachers and education assistants who will transfer their hourly charges, types of contract of each one, determine the debts, ensure payment and detail the acquired rights with which the workers will be transferred ”.
“This process is complex and must be done in a way to avoid errors, thus protecting the right to education of our students, but also the labor rights of workers, “he said.
Senator Juan Ignacio Latorre, meanwhile, said after meeting with the different education workers, they expressed that the conditions are not in place to make an optimal transfer, as of January 2021.
“Because of the pandemic, because of the quarantine, because of teleworking with officials – this in conversation with the College of Teachers, education assistants – and many officials state that the conditions are not adequate to make a transfer in good conditions and we have already seen the errors that have occurred, the difficulties that have occurred in previous transfers in a normal period, and now with the pandemic this becomes even more complex, therefore it is a power that the President of the Republic has ” , he assured.
The director of the New Public Education, Alejandra Grebe, ruled out that this year due to the health emergency, there have been difficulties that affect the transfer process, as established by law.
“We know that at the moment it is only a bill that still lacks a legislative path of at least two stages, on the other hand, as the Directorate of Public Education and technical body, We have maintained the same planning in time and form that the current Law commands us, which has not been affected by the pandemic context and we will continue to comply and work pending any legal guidelines that may be published in the future ”, he argued.
The motion for a single article seeks that President Sebastián Piñera issue a decree with the force of law, which postpones for up to one year, the transfer of municipal schools to the new local education services in the Atacama region , Valparaíso,
O’Higgins and Los Lagos.