Spain: three strikes against school reform and cuts

This week, professors and parents also to participate

21 October, 13:55

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, OCTOBER 21 - Strikes have been scheduled from Tuesday till Thursday this week across Spain by high school and university students, professors and parents to protest against a school reform approved last week by the Chamber of deputies and being currently debated in the Senate.

    This is the first week of protests since the start of the academic year against a reform staunchly promoted by Education Minister Jose' Ignacio Wert which has been slammed as it includes significant cuts, higher costs and restrictions to access scholarships.

    The strikes have been called by an umbrella group representing the public school sector, a platform of teachers' unions CcOo, Ugt, Stes, Cgt and the Movement for pedagogic renewal, parents with the Federation Ceapa and the students' union.

    Professors, parents and the sector's workers will join the protest on Thursday. Demonstrations have been scheduled across several other Spanish cities and a march will be held in Madrid in the afternoon and will end in front of the education ministry.

    The 'mobilization in green' - from the colour of shirts originally worn by professors in Madrid against regional school policies - started on September 23 with the start of a voting process on the popularity of the school reform. The vote will end on October 27 but the umbrella group said 99% of those who participated voted against the government reform.

    The group's spokesman also announced that a letter will be sent to Premier Mariano Rajoy, asking him to negotiate with minister Wert to stop the reform. (ANSAmed).

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