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The Spanish Government plans to reduce Catalonia’s say in defining school curriculum

Three days after the 1.5 million strong demonstration for Catalonia’s independence, partially fuelled by the Spanish nationalism’s recentralisation attempts and the lack of respect to Catalonia’s self-government, language and culture, the Spanish Government is about to approve a reduction in Catalonia’s share in the definition of the school curriculum. Furthermore, the Spanish Education Minister wants to establish “homogenous evaluations” throughout Spain, although the Catalan Government exclusively manages such evaluations, as well as the school facilities and staff.

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15 September 2012 03:00 PM

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Barcelona (ACN).- According to \u2018El País\u2019 newspaper, the Spanish Government is planning to increase its own share in deciding on Catalonia\u2019s school curriculum,  increasing from 55% to 65% and therefore reducing the Catalan share. The Spanish Government has not officially confirmed the document, neither has it been denied. The measure would be  more proof of the recentralisation process the Spanish Government, which is run by the People\u2019s Party (PP), has started. Furthermore, the measure  was leaked three days after the 1.5 million strong demonstration for Catalonia\u2019s independence, which  was partially fuelled by the Spanish nationalism\u2019s recentralisation attempts and the lack of respect  for Catalonia\u2019s self-government, language and culture.  Over these three days, the Spanish Government has barely commented on the demonstration and has even downplayed it, starting  with the Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy who has not said a single word on the issue, ignoring the claims from Catalonia. Instead, the Spanish Deputy Minister, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaria, has been insisting that Catalonia and Spain should have other priorities than last Tuesday\u2019s demonstration, such as creating jobs. However, Sáenz de Santamaria confirmed that the school reform will be approved in a few weeks. The last reform  was approved in 2006 by a two-third majority  in the Spanish Parliament. The Catalan Government has not commented on this recentralisation measure yet, since it has not been officially announced. However, it is very unlikely  this recentralisation measure will be accepted, having been leaked three days after the massive demonstration asking for Catalonia\u2019s independence from Spain.


\u2018El País\u2019  announced this Friday that the Spanish Education Ministry is planning to increase its share in defining the school curriculum in the Autonomous Communities with their own official language and in the regions without one. Currently, the Spanish Ministry imposes 55% of the school curriculum in the Autonomies firstly described, such as Catalonia and the Basque Country. The Spanish Education Minister, José Ignacio Wert, who was previously a regular commentator  on Spanish nationalist media, wants to increase this share to 65%. For the other Autonomies, the share would  increase from the current 65% to 75%.

\u201CHomogenous evaluations\u201D throughout Spain

Furthermore, this measure would be added to the Minister\u2019s wish to make \u201Chomogenous evaluations\u201D of the students throughout Spain. However, the Catalan Education Minister,  who manages all the school facilities and staff in Catalonia, already told Wert that this type of evaluation  is within  the Catalan Government\u2019s competence, as established by  Catalonia\u2019s Education Law, according to the Catalan Statute of Autonomy approved by the Spanish Parliament.

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