The unfinished school

Mayor Monseratt Guillen and Rosa Martinez, the Councillor for Education, travelled to Valencia last week for a pre arranged meeting at the headquarters of the Ministry of Education with the Regional Minister Rafael Carbonell. Unfortunately, it would appear that little or no progress was made with Martinez saying she was deeply upset by the lack of answers that the Minister gave.

The meeting was first requested 8 months ago since when it has suffered 2 postponements in February and April. Only two items were on the agenda, the work stoppage at IES Playa Flamenca and the refurbishment of the Virgen del Camino old college who’s students come from Orihuela and Callosa.

Martinez emphasized the unsustainable situation at both centres. Work began on the IES Playa Flamenca almost 10 years ago but was abandoned due to the safety of the site which is on unstable ground next to a ravine. In July 2012 the outstanding work was re tendered to a new company, which took over its construction but abandoned the project two months later.

She also told him of the prefabricated classrooms in current use by the students which were damaged during an period of severe winds this winter resulting in their closure for a week.

She said that, despite the Minister being aware of the meeting for many months he provided the Orihuela party with no explanations or answers. She said that she was ‘very upset and concerned’.

In July 2011 Orihuela delivered a proposal to the Ministry for the refurbishment, at a cost of 240,000 euros, of the Virgen del Camino College. The then Regional Minister of Education promised to include the work in his 2012 budget and two years on the City Planners are still waiting to sign a collaboration agreement with the Ministry. Carbonell insisted that he was not aware of any such agreement so, despite the announcement in July the Virgen del Camino College will not be finished later this year.

"I cannot find an any reassurance from our meeting with the Minster last week who was able to tell us absolutely nothing’ continued Martinez, who now questions the competence of the Regional Ministry of Education.

She said that the regional government has not addressed any of their obligations, and as such municipal technicians will now prepare a report on the safety of the settlement of the land at IES Playa Flamenca, which they will discuss with AMPA, the Asociación de Madres y Padres de Alumnos.

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