Lack of staff threatens schools

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Lack of staff threatens schools

A UNION is claiming lack of education personnel in Malaga is leaving gaps in schools.

The Comisiones Obreras union said 76 vacancies in administrative positions are affecting leave cover as well as schools’ abilities to hire effectively.

The union said cleaners and kitchen staff are in short supply, leading to high competition for staff.  While the most urgent positions began to be filled at the beginning of the school year in September, other positions remain unfilled.

The news comes following complaints of a lack of teachers across Malaga province, leading to arguments over hiring decisions.

In September, teachers in Torremolinos complained potential jobs were being filled before interviews had even taken place.

Political parties, Partido Popular (PP) and Costa del Sol- Podemos criticised the PSOE-led council after it was claimed the name of one candidate had been listed as a teacher on a school’s class schedule while the hiring process was still ongoing.  The politicians demanded the hiring system be suspended, claiming selection committees were made up of friends of certain applicants.

The town hall, however, claimed the irregularity was down to “human error,” saying the teacher had been at the school last year and “the names of teachers from last year were copied and pasted.”  The council had not revealed whether the hiring process will be suspended or cancelled.

Earlier in the summer, it emerged a music teacher who allegedly sexually assaulted an 8-year-old pupil could still be teaching.

According to media reports, the 35-year-old man, who was arrested on September 4 in Fuengirola, could have been transferred to another school after his suspension.

National Police are now analysing the man’s mobile phone and computer after the girl’s mother claimed he touched her daughter when alone in a classroom together one day, before showing her pornographic videos and threatening to kill her if she told anyone.

A psychologist was brought in to listen to the girl and believed her story, leading to the man’s arrest.  The teacher denies the allegations and was released on bail with an order preventing him from contacting the girl.

The National Police’s Family and Woman Unit are keeping their investigation open in case any further children come forward.

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