I’ve used esc to get out of
vi’s insert mode for 40 years. I am not going to relearn that keystroke as ctl-esc, period.
Even if I were to do that, then I’d be typing ctl-esc on other platforms where it would not work because I have to type esc alone.
If there is a way to fix in in System Preferences, I cannot find it. If there is not, then it is completely 100% brain-dead wrong. I hope that’s not the case.