Educational scholarship, grants and public subsidies
Does Minister Wert´s decision of reducing the length and amount of Erasmus Exchange Program for Spanish students next school year make sense? Does the situation of our elderly people improve, with a six-month delay in the processing of dependence aid regarding two years ago? Does the ebb of public subsidies related to mines compensate since 2017?
No, no and no.
In relation to the first question, it is evident that, in a globalised world and as competitive as it currently is, an undergraduate must, besides being fluent in languages, know other cultures, lifestyles and societies that increase their knowledge. Although the debate about how we could save would be very extensive, we had better not forget that current university students will become societyÕs engine. It is possible considering if the equation Erasmus= go out on the town + drunkenness, which appears frequently in the media, is an interested publicity of those who wish removing these aids.
Precisely, during a crisis, we have to increase the vigilance in those receptors who, either do not need a scholarship, or set it aside for other needs. Remember that, according to the normative, only 5% of the scholarships accepted are revised and, about 20 of them are fraudulent. However, denying the need of public scholarships to complete the formation of our students is a different stretch.
All in all, common sense indicates that it is in the control of the possible frauds where we must do a complementary effort, and not in the reduction of public scholarships.
Regarding the second point, we should think about if the legislative intention, of lengthening unnecessarily the processing of grants, is a clumsy attempt to reduce, with an absurd way, the final amount of recipients. It would commit, under the name of austerity, an authentic genocide against old people, whom for their professional life have not guaranteed minimum pensions to confront their last months of their existence.
A better agility in the charge of these grants, together with a suitable management to avoid the guile of people who continue receiving them after the death of the beneficiary, are steps for everybody – disabled, family and society- win.
Related to the last question, it is clear that mining industry, despite of its dangerousness, has been for decades, the only way of subsistence for a lot of north villages in Spain.
JosŽ Manuel Soria, minister of Industry and Tourism, has indicated that these subsidies have derived in conformist attitude and has impeded its industrial and leisure offer. But renouncing an activity without setting out alternatives only generates social tensions and disputes. Although coal is known as dirty energy, a better control over the emissions would result in an ecological improvement and a bigger exploitation in these areas.
In short, yes, yes and yes to controls in educational scholarship, grants, and public subsidies. No, no and no, to a simple saving which not take into account people.
Ana Beatriz Felipe Robaina (16)
Student at CET Services
Once more it is a pleasure to see students so interested and involved in the political affairs of their country, its important that teachers and parents involve our teenagers in these matters as it allows them to express their opinion and try and put a solution to it. After all the decisions politicians are making today about education will affect the future work situation for todays teenagers. Its important that the public opinion and specially students opinions are heard and taken into account.
Keith Appleby (Chief Editor of the Canary Express)