Díaz Ayuso announces for the next course the drop in student ratios also in Secondary, alphanumeric notes and oral exams from Primary

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The president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, has announced today that the regional government will lower the ratios of students per class also in Compulsory Secondary Education next year, below the limits established by the LOMLOE, and that it will introduce both the alphanumeric notes such as oral tests for students, within a Plan for Freedom, Plurality and Quality in Education.

02 March 2023

This has been advanced by the regional leader during her speech at the Madrid Assembly, where she stressed that Education is a "priority" for the regional government and that, for this reason, they are going to propose a "profound reform in Madrid where quality prevails, scientific rigor and freedom”. "It is fundamental to guarantee equal opportunities to accompany students in decisive stages of their lives and be with them in learning and, later, in training for employment", she added. 

Regarding the ratios, in schools this 2022/23 academic year the Community of Madrid has begun the progressive drop in ratios in the first year of the Second Cycle of Early Childhood Education, from 25 to 20 students per class. The next course will reach the second year and, thus, progressively to reach Primary Education in two years. 

In Secondary, the drop will also begin gradually (from 30 to 25), to promote a more personalized education. In this way, the reduction will advance simultaneously from Infant and Primary and from ESO, "doubling the current speed of the process", explained Díaz Ayuso. 

More public places 

On the other hand, the Madrid president has announced that the regional government will increase public places in non-mandatory stages in the next academic year and that young people from Madrid will have 10.000 more public places in FP, which will be added to the 27.000 created this legislature . In addition, in 0 to 3 years (first cycle of Early Childhood Education), the Community of Madrid will create 2.300 free public places. 

The Plan for Freedom, Plurality and Quality in Education, which the president has already advanced, will have alphanumeric notes, oral tests and reading plans with more classic texts. Likewise, oral exams will be promoted from Primary School and in all courses, so that they influence school grades and strategies to promote the reading habit will be reinforced. 

Likewise, the Community of Madrid will continue to defend families' freedom of choice, which is why two new concerted centers will be opened in the capital, one in Valdebebas and another in the Ensanche de Vallecas. In addition, investment in subsidized centers for operating expenses and non-teaching staff will increase by 15%. 

Díaz Ayuso has also emphasized that they will continue to bet on teachers, who are the ones who contribute the most quality to the system, reinforcing training and hiring. Never before has the region had so many teachers: more than 61.000 in public education, and another 25.000 in centers supported by public funds. 

Medical check-ups in Primary and Secondary 

Lastly, the president explained that a Healthy Habits Plan will be launched in schools and medical check-ups will be resumed in all public and subsidized schools at the end of the Primary and Secondary stages. 

That is, healthy habits will be reinforced so that students acquire them for their entire lives. This goes through physical exercise and eating habits in the dining room (breakfast, lunch and consumption of healthy foods, such as an olive oil campaign among students).