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5 Regions Rebel Against PP's Education Reform

Source: El Pais - Wed 29th Jan 2014
5 Regions Rebel Against PP's Education Reform

The regions not governed by the Partido Popular on Wednesday objected to the controversial new Education Law, known as the LOMCE - the seventh overhaul of the public system since the restoration of democracy in Spain - as retrogressive and divisive, and lamented the lack of debate on the legislation.

Initially drawn up to address high dropout rates, the law also enhances the role of religion in schools and permits state funding for educational centers that segregate students by gender.

The law was passed in Congress with only the votes of the PP, which has an absolute majority in the lower house.

At a news conference, the educational commissioners of the Basque Country, Andalusia, Asturias, Catalonia and the Canary Islands accused Education Minister Josť Ignacio Wert of a "lack of institutional loyalty" in failing to adequately consult the regions on the changes. The regions are responsible for the education and health services.

The education commissioners of some PP-held regions also asked for changes, including a delay in introducing some of its aspects. Wert told the Senate on Tuesday that he was willing to make changes but not put back the academic year in which the reform is due to take effect, which is 2014-2015.

Further Reading :

* Education Law Passed With Just PP Support

* Spain : The Students are Revolting !