• The Catalan school model is threatened by courts (by ACN)

    In Catalonia's public schools, Catalan is the language of instruction in order to guarantee that all pupils end their studies knowing both official languages: Catalan and Spanish. Spanish is taught as a subject. The model works, and Catalan pupils not only know Catalan but they also get the same results in Spanish language exams, if not better, than in the rest of Spain. In addition, the model has been praised as a good practice by the European Commission and UNESCO.

    However, the Spanish Supreme Court ruled that Spanish should be language of instruction in Catalan schools based on an appeal by 3 parents, who took the Catalan Government to court for denying to school their children in Spanish within the public education system of Catalonia. Many legal experts think that the Supreme Court has no jurisdiction to change the entire school model, already defined by several laws. Furthermore, the Spanish Constitutional Court has validated twice the Catalan school model, in 1994 and in 2010. In addition, teacher unions and parents associations back the current model. This controversy has been used by some Spanish politicians throughout Spain, most of them from the People's Party (PP). According to most of the Catalan political parties, it is a false controversy only created for electoral reasons to feed Spanish nationalism.
Children in a classroom within public school in Catalonia (by E. Rosanas)

09.06.15 - 22:28

Supreme Court of Catalonia rejects Madrid's petition to reopen school enrolment to include Spanish as a tuition language

Catalonia's Supreme Court (TSJC) has ruled against the petition filed by the Spanish Ministry of Education that asked to reopen the enrolment process for the next school year in order to use registration forms in which parents could explicitly...

The Catalan Education Minister, Irene Rigau, on Friday (by E. Rosanas)

08.05.15 - 22:17

Supreme Court rules 25% of school subjects to be taught in Spanish, against Catalonia's own model

Spain's Supreme Court has once again ruled against the Catalan school model, following the individual appeals of a very small group of parents that wanted their children to be schooled in Spanish within Catalonia's public education system....

A high-school class in Catalonia (by M. Belmez)

30.04.14 - 21:50

Judiciary insists on modifying Catalan school model to increase presence of Spanish

The Catalan High Court has confirmed its previous decision to oblige 5 schools to teach "at least 25%" of their mandatory subjects in Spanish if the family of a single pupil asks for it, regardless of the opinion of the other children's...

Spain’s Supreme Court insists on making Spanish a language of instruction in Catalonia (by ACN)

18.02.14 - 19:52

Spain’s Supreme Court insists on making Spanish a language of instruction in Catalonia

The Spanish Supreme Court has ruled against the Catalan school model again. The model, which is based on the linguistic immersion principle, has been in place since the mid-1980s and totally guarantees the pupils’ knowledge of both...

Paul Preston's acceptance speech after his honourary doctorate from the Rovira i Virgili University (by ACN)

15.05.15 - 21:15

Paul Preston: comparing current Spanish language's situation in Catalonia to Franco's repression of Catalan is "ridiculous"

The renowned Hispanicist Paul Preston, Professor of International History at the London School of Economics (LSE), received an honorary PhD from Tarragona’s Rovira i Virgili University (URV) on Friday. Before the ceremony, Preston seized...

The Spanish Minister for Education, José Ignacio Wert (by ACN)

06.05.15 - 23:55

New attack on Catalan school model by Spanish Government: an appeal against next year’s enrolment

The Spanish Ministry of Education has filed an appeal to the Supreme Court of Catalonia (TSJC) to cancel the already-sent enrolment applications for the next school year in order to include the option of choosing Spanish as the language of...

The Catalan Education Minister, Irene Rigau, on Thursday in Barcelona (by P. Mateos)

20.03.14 - 20:35

Catalan Education Minister believes the Spanish Government's school reform can still be stopped

Irene Rigau, the Catalan Minister for Education, announced that Catalonia will participate in the working group created to analyse how to better implement the Spanish Government's Education Reform. Such a group was announced by the Spanish...

The MUCE representatives this Tuesday in Barcelona (by G. Sánchez)

11.02.14 - 16:04

Catalan school system against Hispanicisation and the Spanish Government’s Education Reform

On Tuesday Catalonia’s education stakeholders – including unions, pedagogic organisations and parent associations – asked the Catalan Executive and Parliament to lead “the boycott” of the Spanish Government’s...

The Spanish Minister of Education, José Ignacio Wert (by ACN)

14.05.15 - 22:55

Outrage over Spanish Education Minister comparing linguistic immersion in Catalan with Francoism

The Spanish Minister for Education, José Ignacio Wert, has been recorded stating that "the situation of Spanish in the education system of Catalonia, limited to being used as a non-tuition language, like any foreign language, is...

The Catalan Education Minister, Irene Rigau, at Catalonia's Parliament on Thursday (by R. Garrido)

12.06.14 - 20:03

Rajoy's main advisory body asks "to reconsider" obliging Catalonia to teach in Spanish in privately-owned schools

The State Council, which is the Spanish Government's main advisory body, on Thursday called on the Ministry of Education "to reconsider entirely" the decree with the Education Reform that obliges the Catalan Government to pay for the private...

A protest in downtown Barcelona defending the Catalan school model, based on the linguistic immersion principle, a few months ago (by ACN)

05.03.14 - 21:17

Catalan Government forced to pay for private education in Spanish

The Spanish Ministry of Education has released the decree proposal stating that the Catalan Government has the obligation to provide alternatives to families who request their children to be taught in Spanish in public schools,...

The Catalan Education Minister, Irene Rigau, and the Minister for the Presidency, Francesc Homs (by R. Garrido)

04.02.14 - 19:41

The Catalan Government will not change “a single comma” of the school model

In order “to guarantee the general interest”, the Catalan Executive rejects changing “a single comma” of the linguistic immersion model in place in Catalonia’s school system despite the latest judicial sentences...

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