HAVANA, Cuba, July 3 (acn) Cuban school and, even more, education, understood as a system of influences, was the focus on Wednesday of the Commission for the Attention to Youth, Childhood and Women’s Equal Rights of the National Assembly of the People’s Power (Parliament). A report on the recent supervision visit by that permanent working group to dozens of junior high schools in 11 provinces, was top on the agenda during the first day of meetings with a view to the 3rd Ordinary Period of Sessions of the Cuban Parliament, as well as a debate that delved into realities and challenges in that educational level.
Visits detected all sorts of problems: from deterioration of buildings, overcrowding and lack of hygiene to others directly related to the teaching-learning process, failures in the work of vocational training and professional guidance, and a clear tendency to confuse family education with yet another meeting of parents.
Quite a few deputies insisted that nothing (or no one) can replace schools in their functions and missions, that it is not enough to identify problems and that they are not solved through justifications. They added that the first and greatest problem is related to the quantity and quality of teaching staffs -key to the education of excellence Cuba aspires to.