A ruling by the Constitutional Court ordered the national government to take measures to determine the impacts of the health crisis on the Colombian educational system.
Through the presentation of magistrate Jorge Enrique Ibáñez, the high court ordered the national government, in a term not exceeding six months, to implement strategies that allow Evaluate the results of the pandemic in the education service, in the teachers and in the students.
Regarding the above, the Ministry of Education responded in a statement to public opinion dated February 4, 2022 that, “with experts and the secretaries of education, we have been working on various training assessment strategies and based on them generate the strategies to close the gaps and affectations”.
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One of those strategies that this portfolio highlights focuses on the assessment of learning. In this sense, “the Ministry of National Education defined a national policy whose objective is to contribute to accelerate and improve student learning enrolled in initial, basic and secondary education”, assured Minister María Victoria Angulo.
Within these proposed strategies, the delivery of pedagogical support materials, the adoption of a tutoring network for teachers and students and the implementation of periodic assessments and adoption of strengthening plans by Educational Institutions are also included.
Regarding the mention of the Court’s ruling on the problem of the provision of educational services in the context of the pandemic, the portfolio responded that, “since March 2020 we have carried out a series of actions and investments first to advance education at home and not suspend the provision of the service and then to achieve a gradual and progressive return to the classroom.”
Those featured investments are: 1.2 billion pesos for the adaptation of educational spaces to basic biosafety conditions. In addition, resources are being executed for close to $700 billion for improvements of rural educational venues.
From the ministry they emphasize that one of their priorities for the safe return to classes is to accelerate the vaccination plan, “which has allowed 93% of adult personnel in the education sector to be vaccinated with a complete schedule and with available booster doses; also that more than 70% of the population from 12 to 18 years old and more than 58% of the population from 3 to 11 years old have at least one dose”.
All these strategies must be aimed at preventing pandemic situations, catastrophes or public calamities. According to the Constitutional Court, a public policy must be formulated that allows timely anticipation of measures to avoid and resolve exceptional problems that alter the normal functioning of education.
The Ministry of Education also referred to the latter. “We consider it very important and pertinent and based on this we are consolidating an ecosystem of information for access to pedagogical support tools that includes plans to strengthen the connectivity of rural educational venues.”
“This line of action of the policy will make it possible to take advantage of the lessons that the pandemic has brought for the use of various elements to support the classroom training process,” says the entity.
Regarding the educational situation in the country in 2022, figures from the Ministry of Education report that 93% of the education secretaries of the departments, districts and municipalities have started their academic calendar normally in the face-to-face educational service and that 7% rest will do it from the other week.
In total, there are more than 8.3 million children and young people enrolled in the secretariats throughout the country.