Overcrowded and doubling capacity: ULL students say they feel boycotted

The students of the University of La Laguna (ULL) have been demanding blended teaching for days due to the upward trend of COVID-19 infections that currently suffers the island of Tenerife, which has been at alert level 4 since the week pass. The return to classes after the Christmas holidays has motivated the controversy between the student body and the Lagunera institution after the Ministries of Health and Education agreed that it was totally face-to-face.

Despite the fact that many alleged victims assure that the classrooms fail to comply with the contingency measures against the coronavirus, such as ventilation or the minimum safety distance, it is the students of the second year of Physiotherapy at the ULL who have captured their overcrowding in images .

“Our faculty has classes that have a maximum capacity of 45 people, but in the vast majority of the subjects we are 60 enrolled, reaching 80 classmates in a particular subject,” one of the affected. As can be seen in the photographs, the young people – all wearing the mask – can barely maintain two meters of separation and even one of the university students appears sitting on a table while taking notes with her laptop.

The aforementioned promotion of the Degree in Physiotherapy has been presenting its complaint to those responsible since the beginning of the school year, who “give us the option of changing classrooms, despite not being far from our capacities”. Apparently, the room -also located in the faculty- is used for the execution of the pertinent practices where stretchers, cabinets and traction cages are stored, among other elements. “They assure us that in a very short time we can use it as a classroom for theoretical classes, but today, three months after submitting our first claim, we are still in the same conditions; or worse, given the worsening of epidemiological indicators “, they explain.

The students, who “have exhausted all diplomatic channels”, state that they feel boycotted in a scenario in which, day after day, the number of classmates who must remain confined to their homes increases after a positive result in COVID-19. Together with the rest of student representatives, they advocate for blended teaching in the face of the threat of new infections in the classrooms. “Quality teaching, for whom and at what price?” Conclude future physiotherapists.

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