Burgos (EFE) .- The president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, announced plans to strengthen scholarships and grants for non-university education, to which the regional government will allocate 140 million per year, up to 3,000 euros of help according to the needs of each family.

In his official opening speech for the non-university academic year, Fernández Mañueco recalled this Friday that the free education for children between 2 and 3 years implemented this year will be added next year for children between 1 and 2. years, which can mean savings of around 2,000 euros per child per year.

Stock image of schoolchildren entering school. EFE / Quique Garcia

Furthermore, he recalled that half of the students receive free books, with a saving of around 300 euros per student, while the canteen covers 75% of users.

The Prime Minister also highlighted the importance of free transport, which benefits over 35,000 students and which will be strengthened with a new transport scholarship for vocational training students, who will also be able to benefit from maintenance aid once trained. or carry out practices in remote places.

Fernández Mañueco also announced a new aid for the acquisition of digital devices and in his speech he also announced an important step towards the generalization of dual vocational training, which will be the model for all the newly implemented cycles and will be progressively extended to those that are already underway, so that it ends up being the only model of TV in the community before the end of this legislature.

Up to 3,000 euros of scholarship, depending on the needs of each family

The goal is to go from the current 1,500 students with dual vocational training to 40,000; go from 580 collaborating companies for internships to 10,000; and increase the offer of FP cycles, which will increase from 85 to 130.

Fernández Mañueco also insisted on the need for each vocational training center to have a training offer adapted to the area in which it is located, which will make these cycles more attractive to students and later make it easier for them to find a job in their own. environment.

The president of the Junta de Castilla y León also expressed his intention to continue improving teacher training at all educational levels, to which the Junta allocates € 1,000 per teacher each year, which makes Castilla y León the community that invests. more in this matter.

He also insisted on the importance of digitization and recalled that all education centers already have broadband, although the Council intends this internet access to reach 16,000 classrooms in the community and that all centers also have laptops and digital whiteboards.

Author: Pedro Sedano

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