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The Spanish Parliament supports the current Catalan school model

A parliamentary motion has been approved, backing the Catalan linguistic immersion model at public schools. It was approved with the votes of all of the parliamentary groups except those from the People’s Party (PP) and the Unión Progreso y Democracia (UPyD). The motion received 192 “yes” votes and 148 “no” ones. It is the Spanish Parliament’s answer to the controversy over Spanish as language of instruction in Catalan public schools.

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14 September 2011 05:28 PM

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Madrid (ACN).- The Spanish Parliament supports the current school model in Catalonia, where Catalan is the language of instruction. The Spanish Parliament approved a motion backing the current linguistic immersion model with the votes of all of the political parties except the People\u2019s Party (PP) and the Unión Progreso y Democracia (UPyD), both with Spanish Nationalist stances. It was approved with 192 \u201Cyes\u201D votes and 148 \u201Cno\u201D ones. The motion expressed the Spanish Parliament\u2019s support to \u201Cthe current linguistic model of the Catalan education system as a guarantee for social cohesion and full equality of opportunities\u201D. The motion also reminds that pupils have \u201Cthe right to use Catalan as language of instruction and learning\u201D. It also emphasises that \u201Cpupils have the right [\u2026] not to be segregated in different centres or groups because of their language\u201D. It is the Spanish Parliament\u2019s answer to the controversy over Spanish being included as a language of instruction in Catalan public schools. The current model, in place for almost 30 years, has given constant proof that pupils leave school with all of the required language skills, both in Spanish and Catalan, and are truly bilingual. Catalan pupils get the same or better results than those from the rest of Spain in Spanish language exams according to the PISA report. The model is based on the Catalan linguistic immersion as many children are not exposed at all to this language in Catalonia, something that does not happen in the case of Spanish, which is omnipresent. The current model is backed by experts, teacher, parents organisations and international organisations such as the European Commission and the UNESCO.


The parliamentary motion supporting the Catalan linguistic immersion model at schools is the result of the negotiations among the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE), the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) \u2013which is part of the PSOE\u2013, and the Left-Wing Catalan Independence Party (ERC). The Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU) and the Catalan Green Socialist Coalition (ICV-EUiA) have also joined the initiative.

Joan Ridao, a spokesperson for the ERC, stated \u201Cit is sad and painful that, in the 21st century, some insist on being permanently hostile against the Catalan language\u201D and \u201Cto pass on the false image that in Catalonia there is one language that imposes itself on another one\u201D. Jordi Xuclà, an MP from the CiU, explained that \u201Cthis is not a political problem, but an intended machine to win votes\u201D from Spanish Nationalism. He also added that this is \u201Ca debate far away from everyday reality in Catalonia, where there is not a linguistic conflict\u201D.

The final text has received the votes from the all MPs except those from the People\u2019s Party (PP), the Union of Navarran People (UPN) \u2013an excision of the PP in Navarra\u2013, and the Union Progreso y Democracia (UPyD), all three with clear Spanish Nationalist stances.

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