The National Association of Teaching Professors (ANPE Galicia) is showing concern about the “severe increase” in the mental health problems they are observing in both students and teachers due to the post-pandemic effects. Julio Díaz, head of ANPE in Galicia, sampled data from the ‘Teacher Ombudsman’s 2021-2022 course report, which reflects the problems of coexistence, self-harm and disrespect for teachers. “Serious problems” were added to the “already affected mental health” of education personnel, a sector also affected by the pandemic.
The ‘Teacher Ombudsman’, an instant and free attention service for teachers who are victims of situations of conflict and violence in the classroom, launched by ANPE, received 2,000 calls this year, 127 of them in Galicia – less worrying than other communities and data similar to the previous course. Union calls are classified according to the type of intervention required by the teacher’s vulnerability: psychological (50%), administrative (30%) or legal (20%).
The school stage with the most complaints is ESO, followed by VET, where students’ lack of motivation is often the source of conflict. Of the calls asking teachers for help, 71 came from women and 56 from men. What worries those responsible for ANPE the most is the number of teachers who call, admitting they have some form of mental health problem. Only 30% of them deny that they present any emotional problems at first.
Among teachers’ conflicts with students, teaching problems with 42.52% and disrespect that can lead to aggressive behavior in some cases come to the fore. In any case, the head of ANPE points out that in Galicia no aggression against a teacher by a student was reported in this course. “A privileged place to teach,” they said, as the report’s data shows when compared to the rest of Spain. As for the teachers’ relationship with the school; fathersdisrespect and pressure to change their children’s grades were the main conflict situations reflected in the research.
The association also took advantage of the conference to encourage the Galician government to “reflect on mental health in the classroom”. They believe that the Ministry of Education’s decision to establish four provincial commissions and a regional commission to monitor welfare and coexistence in education centers “does not follow the Ministry’s order with the Guide to the Wellbeing Coordinator.” ANPE chief Julio Díaz said those responsible “have zero contact with education centers” according to the association. Nor does he trust the proper functioning of these commissions.
Regarding the proposal of the Public School Coexistence Observatory, where teachers are encouraged to monitor and monitor students’ social networks, ANPE expresses its absolute rejection. They note that doing so “will require dedication outside of their job as a teacher, as well as an intervention in personal and family privacy.”
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