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LAS TUNAS.–"Generally speaking, we can say that preparations for the start of the 2017-2018 academic year can be described as positive in the entire country," stated Education Minister Ena Elsa Velázquez Cobiella, during a meeting with the press here.

The Minister added, as she observed in this province, "A series of work meetings have taken place, with the purpose of evaluating very timely aspects that will ensure a successful start-up of the academic year. We began preparations in the month of April, since this is a process that takes time; we can't just concentrate on July and August. We have paid special attention to the hygienic-sanitary situation in our institutions, maintenance and repairs, and other indispensable aspects key to opening our classrooms this coming September 4."

In Las Tunas, 635 educational centers will open their doors with an enrollment of more than 84,800 students. Given population growth in some rural areas, and based on studies carried out with the Association of Small Farmers (ANAP), three new schools will be reopened.

The province has full coverage in terms of administrators and principals, while 263 teaching positions remain unfilled, the greatest portion in middle schools, while 305 elementary schools have been able to ensure the projected two teachers per classroom.

During her meeting with the press, the Minister addressed several aspects of current efforts, reporting that joint work is taking place with the Ministry of Public Health to certify conditions in all schools; noting that staff must be complete inventories of materials in an objective manner and refrain from making unnecessary requests; and emphasizing that involving families and communities in the educational process remains a central priority.