The director general of culture and education of Buenos Aires, Alberto Cileoni, said that the desire for good salaries for teachers in Buenos Aires province is clear, although he acknowledged that funding cuts ordered by the government of Javier Meili may make this difficult. The scope of such agreements exceeds the inflation rate.
Given the continued rise in prices, it is true that salaries are increasingly not matching the cost of living. In that sense, Ciloni assured that negotiations with teachers will not be interrupted: “At the beginning of January there was an increase that ends in 2023.” However he admits that the Buenos Aires executive knows that he will have difficulties “in terms of being able to keep up with inflationary movements with his salaries”. And he added: “From the beginning of the Kiclov administration there has been a joint table that does not draw conclusions, that is always open, to dialogue. We will try to reach an understanding. There is a clear danger that some of the money that Coming from the nation could be stopped and this is a danger”. He assured that although talks with the Union Unity Front are ongoing “to face the new reality that we are experiencing in the province”, this is not a local conflict: “This is not a provincial decision, but a change in the national framework.” Earlier “the needs of the province were understood and now they are not.”
Unlike the first two years of the Kicillof administration, in which management decisions took priority due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ciloni pointed out that the current one “is a political complexity.” And he pointed out that although the business of the province is to have a current state there, with good salaries in keeping with the rhythm of inflation: “If after 4 years in which we started affairs normally, by the fifth we cannot, it is not Not because it changed the will of the provincial government, but because the national context changed and we started saying so. There were 4 years of an expanded provincial education system with more posts, more schools, more possibilities.”
He also assured that this expansionary rhythm would not be sustained over time without the support of the national management: “It is annoying, because there are many lines that are financed by the national state, such as the increase in hours in the provinces. in, which gave 600 thousand more classroom hours to 600 thousand children; Teacher Incentive Fund, which is a sum in salary that the National State gives to the provinces; books, technology and resources for Conector Igualdad, money for choirs, orchestras, technical schools. Even “of the 206 schools that we have inaugurated, 60 were constructed from the national budget.” However, he does not consider anything lost: “We hope that all this will not end ”
Cautiously, he acknowledged that “It may be a state that no longer comes together like before, but we will always work by thinking about the rights of citizens and the educational rights of the people. If actions were cut short by the nation , then we will.” See if we can lend a shoulder from the province. It is not that things are going on as if nothing has happened. We know that the reality is harsh and that there are difficulties in the nation, but here the Governor was ordered to continue improving life for the people of Buenos Aires, to get more statehood and to be closer to the people.
The official noted the challenges posed by the start of the 2024 school year in an educational system that has 5,200,000 students and 400,000 teachers distributed in 21,000 schools. It is the largest educational system in Argentina and the second in Latin America. “In these years of the administration of Governor Axel Kicillof, we built 206 new school buildings, 21 university centers in inland municipalities, we carried out 7,700 expansion and repair works,” Silioni explained and on the expansion of the school day, the delivery of 168,000 Also shed light. Computers and internet connections to students in 6,030 schools. He reviewed, “We equipped 3,820 institutions with school furniture and expanded student tickets in 6 universities in internal and tertiary schools.”
And he said that the activity does not stop in the summer period: “There were 1,700 summer school places throughout the province, with boys, girls and young people in the pool with recreational and sports activities,” and he added that “after the school holidays During this time, construction and maintenance work on the school continues in order to start the school calendar on time. “We are working at full speed to be able to start classes on March 1, like every year. Next week, a fund of 4,000 million pesos will be available to school councils to maintain schools with minor repairs, weeding, cleaning tanks. , light, fan or air and be able to start the classes properly. The director explained that his portfolio aims to update the curriculum: “This year we will continue the reform in higher education, initially we are going to implement the new curriculum design, in primary school we will try to solve the language deficit. and mathematics, and at the secondary level we continue to work in the educational system. He also assured that the portfolio has two main objectives: “to have classes every day, which is what families demand of us , and improve students’ learning ability. We are working on teacher absenteeism and attacking the reasons due to which classes do not take place, such as cold in winter or heat in summer, or lack of water.