Education prohibits recording classes “online” and warns against spreading them on networks

A Galician school in class. | // BERNABÉ / JAVIER LALÍN

Recordings, photos, internet … motivated, before the pandemic, 3.61% of the calls of Galician teachers to the Defender of the Professor of Anpe, and being the object of harassment, insults and threats from adults, was behind one in five complaints. In the absence of specifying how the distance learning that the pandemic brought with it is translated into statistics, in Vigo centers, for example, they have already been able to verify, even arriving at the police station, how online classes exacerbate episodes of mockery or ridicule at the teachers.

Now the Department of Education has issued instructions for the use of digital educational services and one of the slogans on which it insists is that the recording of classes by participants is “expressly prohibited”, a rule that concerns both students as well as to the teaching staff, and it is explicit that its dissemination on social networks, instant messaging applications or through any telematic channel is “particularly” vetoed.

The Galician Administration recalls in its guidelines that these uses may violate the right to data protection, the right to one’s own image and intellectual property rights, and also warns that “they could generate administrative or civil liability for the offender” .

The department directed by Román Rodríguez emphasizes that the classes, even if they are at a distance, are a space where a relationship is established between students and teachers. Along these lines, it proclaims that the retransmission of classes through the internet may be accessible “only” to the teachers and students to whom they are directed and the use of virtual teaching tools is also limited to this area.

However, the Xunta advises participants to “prepare” their workspace before each session, “in a way that allows them to interact while protecting their privacy and that of third parties.” Thus, he explains in the instructions issued yesterday, it will be avoided that in the classes “images of non-participating third parties or more intimate spaces of their home can be captured.”

The instructions remind that teachers must use the tools made available to them even if the contact channel is virtual and that students “maintain” their “obligation” to attend classes in this new format as well. Hence, it regulates the use, for public centers, of virtual tools, “especially” those that enable the retransmission of classes through the Internet.

According to the document, the regulations include the obligation for the teacher to turn on his camera “in order to guarantee the right to education, whenever necessary to facilitate communication and understanding of educational material and even when he is in a quarantine situation or total or partial confinement except medical leave or justified impediment ”. In addition, it affects that the teacher must use the teletraining tools that his center decides with the students who are “in home quarantine when the rest of the class attends in person”.

The fact that the Xunta specifies in the instructions what tools can be used is an issue criticized by Anpe, who asks this course for “flexibility” and avoiding changes “at this point when everything is already organized.” From this union they explain that in the past months the centers were looking for other solutions and “many” resorted to one not included in the document. They further allege that “the institutional tools do not work satisfactorily”, that the content offered “is insufficient” or that the training “did not reach everyone” and they reproach that now it is intended to regulate so that teachers must return to ” first line ”and“ improvise ”.

More training for more prevention in the “school”

For the next quarter to pass as the one that ends now, in which the classrooms saw a progressive reduction in the incidence of coronavirus cases in the centers from November, which remains today, as the Minister of Education explained yesterday, Román Rodríguez, the educational committee that advises the Xunta will strengthen prevention training. It will do so through specific actions depending on the different groups that work in the centers, especially the COVID teams and the dining room and cleaning staff. In total, next quarter a dozen courses will offer about five thousand places. This was agreed yesterday by the Educational Committee For the councilor, the data confirm that the centers are not places of transmission of the virus and conclude that “this first quarter the educational system was up to par”. Along these lines, he showed his confidence that the situation will continue in the second, ”for which he appealed for responsibility this Christmas holidays. In its summary of the meeting, Education did not include the proposal to return to the classroom later after this rest period, which the Xunta assured that it was analyzing and that it would adopt in any case according to health criteria.

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