The City Council of Móstoles has committed this Tuesday to assume, from the social emergency funds, the cost of the fees of the University Access Assessment (EvAU) of the students “whose families cannot afford the expenses given their economic situation”, after learning about the collection organized by an institute to help its students.

The management team of a local institute had sent an email to the faculty to let them know that “this course is financially very hard” for “many” of its students, and that Some student of 2nd year of Baccalaureate was not going to be able to attend the EvAU or pay for the degree without help, and ask them for voluntary contributions, according to the text of the email that Europa Press has had access to.

For the local government, made up of PSOE and Podemos, this request “has brought to light a dramatic reality whose competence corresponds to the Community of Madrid and the Government of Isabel Díaz Ayuso “.

However, they advance that the Social Services of the Móstoles City Council will take charge of the cost of these fees “so that all students in the municipality have guaranteed access to the University”. They insist that they do not want the lack of financial resources of their families to be an impediment “to enjoy a public and quality education, one of the firm commitments of the Government led by the mayor, Noelia Posse.”

In addition, they study the formula to “create a specific aid fund“which they intend to make available to all families without resources, so that they can cover the payment of educational fees such as those of the EvAU.

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On the other hand, the general secretary of the Teaching Federation of CC.OO. Madrid, Isabel Galvín, has indicated, through a statement, that the collection launched by the Móstoles institute, “is not an isolated case, but an example of educational inequality present in the Community of Madrid, the result of a decade of cuts, austerity and privatizations at the university level “.

There are only exemptions for large families

Currently, regarding the selectivity fees, Only exemption for large families is contemplated without taking into account the income, but given that the exemption system is there to alleviate inequalities, the regulation should incorporate exemptions based on income and family situation, explains Galvín.

Specifically, students who are members of large families benefit from exemptions of 50 percent of the total enrollment, and in the case of a large family in a special category, the exemption is total, as in the cases of students with disabilities and students belonging to the group of victims of terrorism.

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On the other hand, selectivity fees are not considered academic fees, but administrative fees, and they are not covered by scholarships, “which does not make sense, since selectivity fees also represent a cost for families, and in many cases it is a determining cost that prevents access to the University.” “It is urgent to adapt the regulation so that the scholarships or the pertinent mechanisms cover these types of fees,” asserted Galvín, who considers that “this situation can be described as a scandal.”

Galvín has advocated guaranteeing that “any family, regardless of their economic means, can have access to the University”, and has stressed that “access to the University cannot depend on the charity of the faculty or the AMPA, but must be guaranteed by the Community of Madrid as a public service “.

The Ministry of Education argues that the prices of the inscriptions in the EvAU tests “compensate the costs assumed by the six public universities in Madrid in carrying out the test”, so that “it is the universities that enter those amounts”.

University cost

CC.OO. has also pointed out that the cost of studying at a public university has risen 12 times more than salaries in the last decade, since the university it has risen by 30% since the crisis began while wages have risen by 2.5%, figures that reflect the national average.

For its part, Madrid, in addition, between 2011 and 2013, exceeded twice the price of college fees, which led the student movement to denounce in those years that, as a result of the increase in fees and cuts in scholarships, 45,000 fewer students per year were enrolled in the university.

As the union organization points out, today, the Community of Madrid is the region where studying the cheapest careers costs more than in the rest of Spain, 1,283 euros per year. According to figures from CC.OO., of the 50,000 students in the Community of Madrid, at least 7,500 are at risk of social exclusion.

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