“The City government says that education is its priority, but it abandons the excepted students” from attending face-to-face classes. Inés’s message on her Twitter account is moving because her 11-year-old daughter, who is in sixth grade. his presence is forbidden, because he was diagnosed with leukemia. “They forced the teacher who gave her virtual classes to return to the classes,” Inés told Page 12. For that reason “now my daughter only receives two short classes per week”, in charge of teachers who are “forced to work in the hours destined for lunch and that is an abuse”.
Inés, who requested the reservation of her surname and her daughter’s name, so as not to expose her, assured that “the fight of the city government for presence discriminates against the boys and girls exempted from attending school, because they do not receive the same quality of education and, on the other hand, leads to the over-exploitation of teachers ”. Faced with this situation, Inés filed complaints with the City Ombudsman’s Office and with the Public Guardian Ministry.
“Our goal is to make the issue of my daughter and the rest of the excepted who are in all the schools” of the City of Buenos Aires visible “practically abandoned, because the situation” of students and families is very frustrating, said Inés to this diary.
He pointed out that “the feeling we have with all the families I spoke to is one of absolute helplessness.” Inés’s daughter was diagnosed with leukemia in 2019. “Since August of that year, she has not gone to school (in person), but until 2020 she had the option of what is called home school, which is something beautiful that she has our public system, which is to guarantee education for those who cannot attend school ”.
At the beginning of this year, “when the figure of ‘excepted and’ excepted ‘arose, the problem was the pandemic, the coronavirus.” The 11-year-old girl “is in the last stage of treatment and could go to school, but what prevents it is covid-19”, the danger of contagion being a risk patient.
At this point in the dialogue, Inés recalled “the shock” they received when in 2019 she was diagnosed with the disease. “In those first months, the truth is that schooling did not matter because what we were experiencing was tremendous.” The change came from the treatment and the encouraging results. “When she started to improve, we started to worry about her future and education is very important.”
The improvement in the state of health opened the possibility of starting face-to-face school and for this reason, Inés spoke with the director of the school her daughter attended before the diagnosis. “The director explained to me what the excepted system was like, whose education was going to be in charge of the ‘excepted’ teachers also due to health problems and things went very well at the beginning, because the excepted teacher worked a lot, my daughter had class every day and the teacher had a total dedication ”.
The problem arose because the teacher “excepted” from the face-to-face classes was given the vaccine against covid-19 and had to return to face-to-face classes. “That teacher was the only one who was in charge of giving classes for the excepted and that is the big problem that schools have today, because there are no ‘excepted’ teachers” who can give virtual classes “because they are all dedicated to education. presence ”.
Inés clarified that she is “very grateful to the teachers, because now, faced with this situation, they have to give classes to my daughter and the rest of the excepted during the time they have for lunch, something that seems unworthy to me, a madness for the effort that means for those who have to educate “.
She explained that her daughter, given the situation, “receives two classes a week, for a very short time, because they demand extra time from teachers, something that is like an over-exploitation of teachers.” He said that his daughter is in sixth grade, but what happens to her today “is happening in all schools and in all grades, is a general problem” of the elementary school in the City. He explained that in some schools “where there are many exceptions, the problem is solved because half of the students go to face-to-face classes in the morning and those who cannot go receive virtual classes in the afternoon.”
The most serious problem is “when the excepted are few and they are marginalized, because there are no full-time teachers for them”.
Inés stressed that the issue is becoming more acute “given the fight between the City government and the Nation for presence, because there is no virtual education for everyone in the schools and many of the excepted were left in the middle.”
What happens “in short, is that they created a figure, that of the excepted, but there is no resource for these boys and girls to have classes, that is basically the situation that many of us are experiencing.”
Inés stressed that the teacher who taught her daughter, as an exception, and with whom she is “very grateful for her dedication, was forced to return to face-to-face classes when she received the first dose of the vaccine.” He specified that the educator “is a person at risk, so it is outrageous that they force her to return to presence under those conditions.” He argued that “this also speaks of a certain cruelty towards teachers.”
He insisted that now, his daughter “only receives a few short classes per week, which deep down is also somewhat discriminatory on the part of the city government, because it is not the same educational quality.” Faced with this extreme situation “we are paying for a private teacher, because we can do it, but I don’t even want to think about what other families are going through, in other situations” of vulnerability.