The National Ministry of Education reported that about two million students of the country, mostly secondary, present school connection problems and possible dropout for pedagogical, technological and personal reasons and were included in a teacher support program.
Of that total number of students, 6% “is currently in critical condition”, and also during the two years of In the pandemic, repetition and dropout increased by almost two percentage points, which went from 8.7% to 10%, indicated the secretaries of Education, Marisa Díaz, and that of Innovation and Educational Evaluation, Gabriela Diker, during the presentation at a press conference of the second stage of the Accompany program, at the headquarters of the portfolio.
Diaz consulted by the agency NA about the group of students most affected by the health emergency and the causes of their school bonding problems, he pointed out that “it is a multi-causal situation, it is pedagogical order with school problems, related to virtuality, also problems pre-existing such as working youth, youth parenting, and addictions, among other”.
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“The pandemic makes them visible, makes them more complex, “said the Secretary of Education of the Sarmiento Palace, to note that” within this 1,870,000 students of the three levels who entered the Accompany pedagogical relinking program, there are 1,014,000 who are high school students, 54% of the total and they represent the hard work nucleus of the Ministry and the 24 jurisdictions, but we know where they are. “
Diker, for his part, specified Argentine News that the pre-pandemic dropout indicators at the secondary level reached “8.7% of the total enrollment” and highlighted that the percentage “had been improving in the period 2011-2019, when it was reduced by 3 percent”, in relation to the students who signed up in the subsequent year.
“Currently the repetition is 10% at the secondary level and these indicators that had been improving, worsened in these two years of pandemic, “said Diker.
The Ministry also highlighted with respect to the almost two million students affected in their curricular trajectories that “the challenge is also determined by the socioeconomic factors that impacted on the educational system and mainly on secondary school“.
The health crisis also affected the massive educational trajectory of students worldwide, not only in Argentina, and in this regard, according to the latest survey by UNESCO, “more than 500 million students from hundreds of countries could not learn to read and write“, due to lack of pedagogical continuity.
The National Ministry of Education created the Accompany program in August 2020: Bridges of equality, which was unanimously approved by the assembly of the Federal Council of Education, which brings together the heads of the 25 educational portfolios in the country.
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The main objective of the program, promoted by the Ministry of Education, is to search for students whose educational trajectories were affected by the pandemic and ensure their permanence in the educational system: to sustain the plan, the national State invests 2,194,499,995 pesos that are distributed among all jurisdictions.
The Acompañar program works with different socio-educational devices “to encourage continuity in studies at all levels of the system through the deployment of a State present in the different territories of the country,” the Ministry indicated.
For this, a Comprehensive Approach Plan of four lines of action: the accompaniment to the educational trajectories, the school reengagement, the permanence in the schooling of the compulsory levels and the graduation of the level studied.
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