Resignation at the Turó del Drac school in Canet de Mar (Barcelona), which this Thursday has begun to apply 25% of classes in Spanish in a group of P5 by order of the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC). The Minister of Education, Josep González-Cambray, has visited the center to convey the support of the Government to the educational community and verify that, although reluctantly, the only option is to comply with the court order.
“The model should not be broken for a particular interest,” lamented the president of the school’s AMPA, Mònica Ruz. After the lawsuit filed by a single family, the TSJC forced the center to teach 25% of the subjects in Spanish in a P5 class, which should begin to apply this Thursday. The court thus followed the path that, according to data from the Generalitat, has applied in another 80 cases of individual lawsuits from families against linguistic immersion.
Although that of the Canet school does not differ from other previous cases, the end of the immersion in this center has acquired greater relevance as it was the first after the Supreme Court confirmed that 25% of classes in Spanish were not taught. they will have to be implemented only in courses where requested by a family, but in the whole of the Catalan educational system.
To comply with the judgment of the TSJC, the Canet school will teach visual and plastic, psychomotor and “racons” classes in Spanish three afternoons a week. González-Cambray has criticized that the judgment of the TSJC is directed directly to the direction of the educational center, so it “prevents a response from the council.”
The head of Education has also ugly judges who impose the percentage of Spanish in the centers, because it is something that does not correspond to the judiciary but to the executive: “From the ignorance of the linguistic reality, the judges make pedagogical decisions and apply percentages in language learning “.
According to data from the Generalitat, this school year there are another 19 schools with some group in which 25% of classes are applied in Spanish after a request from a family. This newspaper has asked the TSJC, without obtaining a response for now, how many lawsuits are pending resolution and how many have been registered since the Supreme Court confirmed a few days ago the decision to apply 25% of classes in Spanish in all centers in Catalonia.
After the management of the Canet center communicated to the families at the end of last week that the measure should begin to be applied this Thursday, the parents publicly reacted against and began a campaign to collect signatures to reject the sentence and defend immersion in Catalan. The campaign against the judicial decision resulted in some tweets, from users not related to the school, containing threats against the family, who achieved 25% of classes in Spanish.
The repercussions of the Canet case have reached the central executive. The Minister of Justice, Pilar Llop, has assured this Thursday that she will study the file of the case of harassment against Canet’s family and has transferred “all her support” to those involved. Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska has stated that the threats to the family “will be investigated.” “Any threat or possible threat is a serious event for coexistence,” he said.
González-Cambray has reiterated from the doors of the center the call to “defend coexistence” and that schools “be spaces to educate children and young people with a critical spirit.” “We condemn any type of violence and threat to coexistence”, the minister reiterated. This Tuesday, after the Government meeting, the spokesperson, Patricia Plaja, already expressed her rejection of the threats.
Despite the fact that from the first moment the Government censored the tweets, PP and Ciudadanos have accused the Executive without evidence of inducing threats. The leader of Ciudadanos al Parlament, Carlos Carrizosa, has accused the Generalitat of “encouraging pressure” and “aligning itself with the harassers” of the family from the center of Canet. The PP deputy Lorena Roldán has denounced a “harassment campaign” promoted by the Government.