Local Daily News 9th September

Torrevieja starts the school year with 2,016 more students

A new school year starts at all educational levels next Monday in Torrevieja. The city is under strong pressure in its classrooms, which translates into 2,016 more students compared to 2021-2022, which represents an increase of 15.9%.

The data speaks for itself. In total, there are 12,678 students, while in the previous year there were 10,662. The breakdown shows growth in all groups. The most pronounced increase occurs in Secondary, whose student body goes from 2,895 last year to 3,720; that is, 825 more, which represents a rise of 22.1%. It is followed by Primary, which varies from 4,456 children to 4,816 (360 more, 7.4%). Behind them are Sixth Form and Formacion Profesional, from 1,433 young people to 1,733 (300 more, 17.3%), and Infant, from 1,878 to 2,026 (148 more, 7.3%).

The number of units also increases by 39, going from 408 to 447 this year, although the figure will be higher because the Sixth Form and Formacion Profesional (professional formation) still need to be specified, which for the moment reaches 40 (four more than in the previous year). In Secondary, there will be 18 more units (from 106 to 124), in Primary another 10 (from 183 to 193), and in Infant seven (from 83 to 90).

The main cause, explained the Councilor for Education, Ricardo Recuero, is “the supervening student body.” Thus, in Infant and Primary, 1,142 students were received from March to July, “ten times more than what the city of Valencia receives”, the mayor pointed out. Of these, 624 (54.6%) were Ukrainian children. To this are added those who are waiting for school: 262 between this August and so far in September, a number that in Secondary has been 131 students from July to September of this year.

On average, “between 10 and 15 children a day ask for a place,” Recuero stressed, who also highlighted that the number of teachers amounts to 11,000. In addition, he has indicated that the local non-school days will be October 31st, December 5th and February 20th.

For all these reasons, “this course is marked by infrastructure”, added the councilor. In this way, he has recalled that the works of the Amanecer school, which are underway, will conclude “at the end of April or beginning of May” so that their educational community will have a new centre after 17 years in barracks.

In addition, they are finishing the assembly of 22 prefabricated classrooms with two floors and almost 400 metres of common areas on Nenúfares Avenue, where -at the end of October or beginning of November- the La Inmaculada Public School for Infants and Primary will be transferred. The Generalitat plans to tear down the centre and build a new one on the plot occupied by the current one, which dates back to 1962, in the urban area, and with a good part of its dependencies propped up since 2018.

The provisional centre will have three lines -three groups per course- to give a break to the school demand while definitive infrastructures are enabled, although the new one is designed for two. The works, in the process of being awarded, would begin in December or January, according to Recuero, who has advanced that seven companies have submitted their offers.

Also on Nenúfares Avenue, behind the fire station, prefabricated classrooms will begin to be built between January and February, which will become school Number 14, to absorb the demand for places.

On Monday, a delegate section of the IES Torrevigía is also launched in the international conservatory with a classroom for 80 students from four years of ESO, which will be the seed of IES Number 6.

The councilman has reported that this school year will continue with the projects and programs that were implemented in the previous one. Since last year, the area has had a social worker who, in collaboration with Social Welfare and an external company, whose contract will be put out to tender again, allows interaction to reduce absenteeism.

Also through a contract, which will be awarded again, the plan for the prevention, detection and attention to bullying will continue.

With the “El cole en el mar” program, 4th grade students will receive water sports classes (sailing, rowing, paddle surfing…) at the city’s maritime facilities.

Likewise, in collaboration with Proyecto Mastral, “El tiempo en el cole” will be launched, with classes and activities in meteorology, astronomy and sustainable development so that students have the opportunity to observe the stars and planets.

Through an agreement with Agamed, activities framed in the 2030 Agenda will be carried out through sustainable management and water saving projects within the centres.

It also repeats the project “Torrevieja talks”, training for families and teachers, with highly experienced speakers and with a variety of topics of interest, as well as “Torrevieja, city of girls and boys”, continuing with the activities of the Council of the childhood.

The Awards for Academic Excellence will be awarded in an act on October 14th, while the second edition of the conference “Reinventing education” will be held on March 11. Without revealing details, Recuero has advanced “an innovative initiative of interactive cloisters” for March 25 and 26.

The ICU of the Torrevieja Hospital, free of covid patients in the last five days

The ICU of the University Hospital of Torrevieja has been free of covid patients since last September 3rd. Since last January 1st, the intensive care unit has not had coronavirus admissions for a hundred days.

The centre has stressed that “the high vaccination rates achieved in the Department of Health of Torrevieja, with nearly 150,000 citizens vaccinated with the complete schedule, have helped reduce hospital pressure and, specifically, the occupation in the ICU”.

The Department has enabled, over these months, more than one hundred vaccination days, either without an appointment or via SMS, in different locations and times to facilitate vaccination.

Thus, the same sources have stressed that the number of people diagnosed with covid who have required intensive care has been falling in recent weeks, until it is currently zero. Regarding the occupation in hospitalisation floors, there are 14 patients.

These figures are far from previous records. Last January the hospital reached its annual occupancy peak with 75 hospitalised patients (13 in the ICU). A year earlier, still without optimal vaccination coverage, 145 patients admitted for covid were reached on the ward and in the ICU.

The Preventive Medicine Service has recalled that, despite the reduction in healthcare pressure and the drop in the number of infections, the mask is still mandatory in health and social health centres, hospitals, residences and public transport, without forgetting the importance of maintaining hygiene measures and go to the health centre to request the administration of the vaccine if they have not received it.

The Benejúzar City Council removes 90 tons of rubble in the marl area of the mountain

The Benejúzar City Council, through the Department of Municipal Works, has acted in one of the most emblematic areas of the locality’s mountain. This is the marl area, where around 90 tons of debris have been removed. Specifically, there have been 11 trucks with 8,500 kilos each.

This action aims to recover a landscape and geological area “very important for the town”, assured the mayor and head of the council, Rosa García, who added that “it was an area with different sources of discharges”. In this zone of marl there is a blind fault with a direction on the surface that is of great geological interest.

This area began to be cleaned four years ago with the collaboration of the City Council, associations and groups, companies and the Friends of the Sierra de Benejúzar Association. At that time, a part of the rubble was left unremoved and now, in a second action, “we have been able to leave the area completely clean and ready to carry out a landscape recovery,” said the mayor. In this sense, this action will be completed with the planting of trees. “In this way we recover one more space for all Benejucenses, who we hope will be able to enjoy it from now on”, assured García.

The Ministry of Education seeks teachers urgently before the start of the school year

The Ministry of Education has been forced to resort to the allocation of teaching positions by the emergency route, even before the start of the school year, with the purpose of stopping the blow of the vacancies that it has not managed to cover, after having offered them by the ordinary route throughout this week.

Teacher representatives are not convinced at all that even before the year begins, a procedure is used that is actually intended as a last resort, when it comes to positions that have already been shown to be “difficult to cover”.

However, the fact that half of the positions offered in the secondary schools this week have not been covered, has led educational officials to go to the first allocation of places that are difficult to cover even before the course begins.

The premise from which Education starts is that students are not without a teacher, and tries to avoid that the half a thousand teachers who are missing in the 140 Secondary schools, more than 60% of them in the province of Alicante with up to 311 vacancies to fill, almost as many vacancies from sick leave will be added this coming Monday.

The trade unions consulted assure that they have not even been included in the lists of these first offers for the 2022-23 academic year, despite the fact that from the first day the teachers joined the centres they have had to report the absences. “The casualties have them from the first day and they should appear in the lists to offer all the casualties, but from Education they continue to do the same thing every year and wait for other teachers to cover that lack, so they work with a certain provisionally the first weeks”, laments Alfonso Terol, delegate of Workers Commissions.

On the other hand, of the total number of teaching positions that remain to be assigned in institutes in the province, one in three are in the specialty of Computer Science in ESO or Computer Systems in Vocational Training.

It is the subject that presents the greatest deficit in teaching staff, even before the beginning of the course with more than a hundred vacancies in institutes in the province, more than half of those in the entire Community.

Terol abounds that this deficit is carried over from the last course in which numerous professionals have already entered to teach this subject through places assigned by the emergency route, in which the requirements may even not include the master’s degree to teach class, or the C1 level of Valenciano before leaving the students without class.

“These are positions that should have been covered by the ordinary route in a more stable way, but there are still many deactivated interns from the stock market because there will also be oppositions this year, this time for Secondary and Vocational Training, and there are beginning to be difficulties in awarding them”, explains the delegate of Workers Commissions in the province.

In fact, barely a dozen have been covered among the more than 70 places that came out this week in the ordinary award for the province and up to sixty teachers of the specialty are still missing.

Javier Mas, on behalf of CSIF, adds to these explanations that the merger of Technology and Computer Science is also taking place this year, so that specialists in the first subject will be able to teach the second and that makes the star offer in institutes the Informatics for those who have not even taught class yet but have the degree.

From this union they have also demanded that Education include in the bag the five thousand teachers appointed this summer but that, in the absence of the Valencian requirement, level C1, they can teach in Spanish-speaking areas until they have the necessary level of the language thanks to the moratorium. “If they are allowed to participate in the adjudications, these teachers will serve as relief in deficient areas such as Vega Baja because these shortages are located south of the province.

And in the subject of Valencian there is still a lack of more than twenty teachers in the province and more than half of them in the town of Torrevieja

Arrested in Elche after lying under the bus in which he was travelling to prevent his departure and throwing stones at the police

The Local Police of Elche has arrested a 25-year-old young man at the bus station for serious resistance to authority and after starring in one of the strangest events that the agents remember. The events date back to last Saturday, September 3rd, when, around 10:20 p.m., the driver of a coach that made the route between Barcelona and Almería made a stop at the Elche station where she informed the surveillance service about two passengers who, In addition to rebuking the rest of the vehicle’s occupants, they had set fire to some papers. When the security guard intervened and explained that they could not continue the trip, one of them blocked the bus from running by lying under it, for which the presence of the Local Police was required.

When the agents arrived, they reiterated to the rioters the impossibility of continuing to travel on said bus, trying to convince whoever was lying under the vehicle to abandon their action. However, he continued in his attitude, being violent. The nervousness and aggressiveness presented by the individual caught the attention of the patrol. However, the bus was finally able to continue on its route.

The police tried to identify the young man, who refused to do so. At one point, he even took off his clothes and snapped at passersby. In addition, he pounced on vehicles passing by nearby. Given this, the agents prepared to intercept him and reassure him, without success. The individual then began to throw stones at the agents, for which they had to reduce him.

The detainee’s adventures would not end here, since during the transfer to the police station, which was achieved despite the violent resistance he put up, during the journey he began to insult the agents. He also repeatedly hit the partition of the police car, breaking one of its windows, the Local Police reported in a statement.

Up to six months to be treated in physiotherapy in public health for chronic pain

Up to half a year to be treated in public health for a physiotherapy consultation. That is what a patient with chronic pain in a provincial hospital may have to expect. Physiotherapists assure that there are not enough professionals and that most of the graduates end up working in the private sector, which entails a detriment for the patients and a certain inequality, since only those with the capacity to pay for the treatment can access it.

Jorge Roses, coordinator of the Elche Hospital Physiotherapy Department, has pointed out that the waiting list is high for chronic patients: “Patients who cannot be delayed, those who leave the ICU, are seen in a day at the most; urgent ones, post-surgical, maximum in one month; the preferred ones, maximum in three months; and the ordinary ones only in the time that remains, so they go to very long times that sometimes reach six months and become chronic pathology “.

The main reason for this delay is the lack of professionals. “The WHO recommendation is one physiotherapist for every 1,000 inhabitants. It is somewhat utopian, but if we take it as a reference, we have 175 physiotherapists in public health in the province when there should be 1,537. The difference is notable, there is 10% of what the WHO recommends,” Roses pointed out.

The Elche Hospital Physiotherapy Department is the pioneer in this specialty in the Valencian Community. The waiting list is longer at other hospitals. Rocío Chiva, coordinator of Public Health of the College of Physiotherapy of the Valencian Community, has indicated that more urgent cases are attended to in public health: “An ankle sprain, for example, can lead to a wait of eight months, so it becomes chronic. When there is a long waiting list, people who want to recover quickly end up going to the private one”.

Chiva has highlighted the figures provided by Roses and added that, while in private healthcare a physiotherapist has one hour with a patient, in public healthcare many people are treated at the same time: “Most patients go to a private physiotherapist because the public waiting list is very high. If everyone went to the public, the system would be saturated”.

The School’s Public Health coordinator added that the problems with physiotherapists will increase due to changes in the population’s habits: “There is an increasing number of people who play sports and all related injuries are a matter of physiotherapy, not nursing”.

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