The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) has once again prevented the Generalitat from distributing the selectivity exams for September first in Catalan and has ordered that teachers offer each student the option of choosing the test in one of the three languages community officials (Catalan, Spanish and Aranese). The judges thus reiterate their decision regarding the tests of last June, but for the call for repechage they also prevent the students from being identified and emphasize that it will not be possible to write down which is the language option chosen to take the exams.
The Contentious-Administrative Chamber of the TSJC considers that the Generalitat did not comply correctly in June with the precautionary measures dictated as a result of a demand presented by the Assembly by a Bilingual School of Catalonia (AEB) that prevented it from distributing the exams first in Catalan , as has been done historically, and change the language of the test if a student requested it.
The judges, after analyzing the report that they asked the Generalitat to know the degree of compliance with the resolution of last June, require the president of the Interuniversity Council of Catalonia, the Regional Minister for Research and Universities, Gemma Geis, and the secretary of the entity, Josep Ribas, so that they give concrete instructions to the presidents of the courts of the tests of the September call so that the students are not identified “whatever their linguistic choice”, nor is it noted the chosen one, reports EFE.
The magistrates also order that the enunciated in any of the co-official languages of Catalonia be offered to the vigilant teachers, vocals or presidents, “without preference for any of them”, since -the room underlines- “this corresponds to the students for the better performance of their exercises “.
The TSJC thus prohibits the selectivity courts from writing down the “name and surname” of the students based on the language they choose or “requiring any act of demonstration in the classroom” in this regard and urges them to deliver the statements “Without the rest of the students having to know how the examinee exercises his right, that is, the exercise of his freedom of choice.”
Section 5 of the Administrative Litigation Chamber of the TSJC accumulates several orders and judgments contrary to linguistic immersion in Catalan. Last December the same magistrates overturned the linguistic immersion system and forced a minimum of 25% of the classes to be in Spanish.