The two main opposition parties in Madrid’s city council, Más Madrid and PSOE, have condemned that more than 8,000 children living in the capital will be left without places in the next school year 2022-2023 in the network’s municipal kindergartens. This week, 12,555 applicants applied for one of these places, but the number of enrolled students, which is not yet final, is 4,312, according to data provided by the area of family, equality and welfare under the leadership of José Aniorte. In other words, almost every third baby from 0 to 3 years old will be left without a place next year. However, according to the city council, the total number of places planned for 2022-2023 is 8,507 places in 74 kindergartens.
The job listing was posted this Monday and there is now a three day period ending this Thursday for applications. Registration must be completed between June 25 and July 8.
Mas Madrid city councilor Carolina Pulido believes that the city council “left thousands of Madrid families free.” The municipal opposition’s core group reached 25,000 children who remained offline in the coming year, a figure that the Family Zone was quick to debunk as, according to their clarification, “this figure refers to requests, not applicants.” “. “A family can apply for admission to a school at two, three, four centers and it will be considered an application, but it will still be an applicant family. Therefore, what Más Madrid publishes is a lie,” sources in the department say.
Rita Maestre’s group emphasizes that this year “not a single new place was created, although it is known that demand has almost doubled.” He also criticized the fact that there were no plans to open public kindergartens until early 2023, and assures that the last four kindergartens opened were the result of plans implemented by the previous government of Manuela Carmena.
PSOE spokeswoman Mar Espinar also accused the Almeida government of being more concerned with national issues than her own city council. “Does Mr. Almeida know what is troubling Madrid outside the bars today? It doesn’t matter if the king came to Madrid or not, but today the list of affiliations to the kindergarten network has been published.
According to the socialists, those not admitted by districts and quarters, as indicated on the website of the City Council of Madrid, are: Barajas, 547; San Blas Canillejas, 1139 people; Vicalvaro, 1109; Villa de Vallecas, 1308 people; Villaverde, 1202; Vegetables, 3046; Linear city, 1506; Moratalaz, 478 years old; Vallecas Bridge, 431; Usera, 825; Carabanchel. 552; Latin, 1279; Moncloa, 593, Fuencarral, 2791; Chambery, 415; Tetuan, 1495; Chamartin, 702; Salamanca, 437; Retirement, 1488; Arganzuela, 2362 and Center, 1731.
From the “Families” section, they answer that in the last year of the previous mandate, in the 2018-2019 academic year, 3243 students were accepted, “about a thousand places less than next year.” In addition, they note that about 800 places have been created in seven new kindergartens, including those in the districts of Vicalvaro, San Blas Canillejas and Villa de Vallecas, which are scheduled to open in January.
They also highlight as an innovation of this mandate the creation of a children’s scholarship, that is, a monthly assistance of 100, 200 or 350 euros to pay for private schools to those families who have applied for a place in the municipal network and have not achieved it. And they give figures: in the last academic year, this 2021-2022, 1,680 families received a children’s scholarship, “four times more than in the previous one.” “All in all, by adding the new places of the current mandate to scholarship recipients, the city council is facilitating access to education from 0 to 3 years for approximately 2,400 families in Madrid since the beginning of the mandate,” they add.
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