Cometidos asignados a la inspección primaria en la legislación

Francisca Montilla

The specific mission of the primary school inspection has been differently considered by the Administration. The XIXth. century had a very restricted idea on the inspection It was considered as a Government's instrument of control. This criterion prevailed during the first years of the XXth. century. It was in that time that there began the petition of statistical data on schools and teachers from the inspectors who were obligued to perform bureaucratic funtions. Later on the inspector's jurisdiction became wider and his social estimation rose, his power being reinforced by coercive measures on the teachers and by his intervention in all kind of bureaucratic proceedings concerning to the primary school. Afterwards the inspection was entrusted with the task of modelling the school and improving the schoolmaster. The inspector is no longer the spy of the thecher's faults. Now he moves on a higher level which mokes his presence to be agreeable and useful. The Primary Education Law assigns to the inspection a wide cultural mission which starting from the school influences parents' lives, the states's institutions and all kind of private enterprises.