A large number of students and teachers took to roads across The country to protest spending cuts they are saying are destroying the nation’s public education system.
In Madrid, the protesters – most of them putting on eco-friendly T-shirts that are presently symbolic of their movement from the budget cuts – marched towards the education ministry on Thursday. The demonstrators known as on Jose Ignacio Wert, education minister, to resign.
"There exists a small budget and they’re reducing it increasingly more. You will find less and less teachers and increasingly more students," stated Fernanda Gonzalez, 39-year-old high-school British teacher, in the protest.
Students within the crisis-wracked Eu nation perform below EU standards in mathematics and other languages.
The protests coincided having a one-day strike by teachers, students and support that affected all amounts of education.
Organisers claimed a 70-percent turnout by teachers for that strike, as the education ministry place the figure at 20 %.
Protests were also locked in other metropolitan areas, including Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city, Seville, Valencia and Zaragoza.
Al Jazeera’s Rory Challands, reporting from Madrid, stated though many Spanish agree the amount system needs reform, the government’s suggested changes aren’t the best way to address Spain’s shortcomings.
The Woking Platform for that Defence of Public Schools, which groups together students, teachers and administrative staff, known as the strike to protest against austerity measures they are saying are running lower the general public education system.
They’re also angered with a planned education reform, which sets new grading systems, enables for bigger class sizes and enhances the proportion of Spanish-language classes at the fee for regional languages.
The training ministry’s budget continues to be cut by 14 % between 2012 and 2013.
The cuts have caused college tuition charges to soar, brought to bigger class sizes, less grants for graduate studies and cuts to college buses for primary school students in rural areas.
Source: Al Jazeera And Agencies