Crisis: Spanish high school students on strike against gov't

unis, primary schools to join in next two days, against cuts

16 October, 15:42

(ANSAmed) - MADRID, OCTOBER 16 - Spain's public high school students went on strike today in what is the first of a three-day mobilization against the government's education spending cuts.

Called by the Students' Union (Sindicato de Estudiantes), the 72-hour strike will include university students tomorrow and primary school students on Thursday, when the Spanish Confederation of Mothers and Fathers of Students (Ceapa) will also join. ''We make a special appeal to families to strike on October 18, and for them not to take their children to kindergarten or primary school, in order to defend their rights,'' Ceapa said in a communique.

High school assemblies took place on Tuesday to inform the student body on the reasons behind the mobilization, the Student's Union made known. These include an estimated 5 billion euros in education cuts in 2010, the drastic reduction of teachers, and the failure to hire thousands of new teachers, causing the loss of student support programs. The students are also protesting against cuts in scholarships, schoolbooks and school lunch aid, and the increase in university fees all over Spain. (ANSAmed).

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