A respected international body has been told to keep its nose out of Canarian education. Milagros Luis Brito, Canarian education minister, defended the Canarian government’s decision saying: “We don’t need people to come from outside to tell us there are problems.”
It amounted to a snub for the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which had proposed an International Pupil Evaluation Programme, designed to compare the performances of different education authorities.
Brito said: “The Canarian executive decided not to take part in this report in 2016 and in my opinion it is a good thing. We do not need outsiders coming in telling us how to do things”.
She added: “The Canaries need specific and unique benchmarks because of the differences between the Canaries and the rest of the autonomous communities.”
Instead Brito announced that next year the department of education would start its own Canarian Diagnostic Evaluation Plan, with a budget of €23,000 with the aim of improving scholastic results.
Brito said the plan would measure scholastic performance in the Canaries and the level of qualification of the teaching staff, to aid policy decisions on distribution of resources.
Overall, the Canarian education department has earmarked more than €700,000 to improve the quality of education in the islands, which Brito said would include Canarianism as part of the strategy.
Brito said: “We are perfectly capable of analysing our own education system, which we know has shortfalls and poses an urgent need to attend to specifics in the classrooms.”