The minister highlighted the progress of the process of maintenance and repair of educational institutions and specified that So far, 1,071 have been completed and work is underway on 551.
He reported that the process of granting childcare centers en masse for the second year of life and the completion of the rest is in the completion phase, which constitutes a prioritized objective.
“The capacities increase by more than 2,000, due to the opening of new children’s houseswhich total 60, with more than 1,900 capacities, as well as the opening of new children’s circles and the repair of others”.
Regarding the damage caused by Hurricane Ian in several western provinces, he pointed out that 299 educational institutions have been recovered, out of the 936 affected.
In the Pinar del Río province, 477 centers suffered the ravages of this meteorological event.
The minister highlighted the immediate response of managers, teachers and families, which allowed the course to resume in less than 10 days. “257 homes were used as classrooms, as well as 34 agency premises.”
More than 4,000 teachers suffered serious damage to their homeshe specified and thanked all those who, in the midst of such difficult conditions, made possible the resumption of the school year.
He pointed out that at this time intense work is being done to, in the shortest possible time, recover the affected centerswith the contribution of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, the Martha Machado Brigade, the Ministry of Education, brigades from the provinces of Guantánamo, Granma, Las Tunas, the Organism’s Business System, workers from Pinar del Río and parents.
He highlighted the participation of high school students in 12 international Olympics, obtaining 22 medals and 11 honorable mentions. The provinces of Villa Clara, Pinar del Río and Camagüey show the best results.
Velázquez Cobiella commented on the resumption of the entrance exams to the IPVCEafter two courses without doing them, and noted that the Productive Teaching Strategy for polytechnic institutes was recently approved by the Executive Committee of the Council of Ministers, which will be addressed by its national director.
Similarly, the ministry works on improving the job training of students. “Food production in plots, orchards, farms, organoponics, as well as social work in communities, will be an important scenario for comprehensive training.”
“The confrontation with cultural colonization has been conceived as part of our political-ideological work system, the defense of our identity, the traditional, what characterizes Cubanness, our history, our symbols, values, our paradigms in Fidel and the Che, the life and work of Martí, contextualizing each action in the school, the neighborhood, the municipality, the province and the nation”, the minister added.
Another task of the ministry, together with agencies and organizations, is the promotion of community work to achieve the incorporation of young people who neither study nor work.
“We have a high responsibility in preventing and confronting indiscipline, illegality and acts of corruption, up to the center level, identifying risks and vulnerabilities, because we are a sector that has resources and if they are not well controlled, deviations occur.
“Indiscipline leads to crime and corruption,” said the minister, acknowledging that processes are carried out in the sector that require a lot of transparency from those responsible and from those who participate, among them the application of the evaluation system, granting of the continuity of study, the work of the secretaries, and the issuance of titles.
“The fight against these scourges has to become a way of doing things, a daily action because our body has an articulated system that allows us to prevent crime and deal with it, and the school has to become a place of influence that reaches the family and community. The ethics of cadres and workers must come first to prevent events that affect the morale and prestige of labor groups”.