Teaching in Spain – Martin Lang
The fact that the education system in Czechoslovakia was, and to this day is, in a trouble is a generally known issue. While Slovakia’s education system is a little bit shittier in comparison with our neighbours – as would be the case of most of the issues that matter, including corruption, far-right extremism, or political allegiances – we can agree that the situation in both countries is dire.
It has been discussed time and again that the biggest issues of the education system are for example the fact that it is outdated, salaries are not nearly enough to compensate for the challenges of this demanding job, equipment and sometimes furniture is missing, there is not enough practice provided by the universities to prepare students for the teaching profession, … and the list goes on and on.
When we think about education systems that work or can serve as a positive example of how it should be done, we tend to look up to Scandinavian countries which indeed do have one of the most sophisticated and efficient education systems in the world. However, one of the aspects of teaching I would like to talk about is the prestige of the profession itself. From the historical point of view, being a teacher has been one the most prestigious and respected professions, yet the last time teaching was considered a noble position in Czechoslovakia was in the 1930s. When it comes to prestige, I suggest looking into an education system in Spain for example. To me, it really seems that Spain has been doing many things right. Teaching position is to this day considered one of the most respected occupations, reaching the same levels of prestige as for example being a doctor.
Teaching profession, viewed as an honourable position, is even embedded into the language itself as “el maestro” or “la maestra” translates as primary school teacher, while high school teachers are referred to as “el profesor, la profesora”. Linguistically, this job does sound appealing, however linguistically speaking, you can make a shit look exciting by coining it with a term “excrement”, so without further ado let us look at more valid reasons why being a teacher is Spain, while extremely challenging, does rightly earn it’s position among the top 10 list of occupations (I just made up the list of the top 10 positions, I have no idea what they are in reality, I just assume teaching is pretty high on the list).
Being a full-time teacher is a tricky and complex carrier choice in Spain. Similarly to Czechia, it all starts at the university, however from there the teaching carrier in Spain takes a wild turn. You see, receiving a diploma from the university does not make you a qualified teacher. While this applies to Czech education system in theory, Spain takes it literally. Upon receiving your degree, you are not qualified to apply for a full-time fixed teaching position – far from it.
First, the government is the one who decides how many teaching positions will be open each year for each region. So, in order to even apply for a position, you must be on alert for upcoming openings. Meanwhile, you can collect points, which are necessary for the exam you must complete in order to get the qualification. You can apply for the exam every two years, provided there are openings, of course. But do not get excited just yet. It is virtually impossible to pass the test the first or even the second time around.
TO BE CONTINUED