Friday, December 3

The Supreme Court ends the immersion in Catalan in schools by rejecting the appeal of the Government

The Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of the Generalitat against the sentence of December 2020 that forced Catalonia to teach at least 25% of the classes in Spanish. The Minister of Education, Josep González Cambray, and the Minister of Culture, Natalia Garriga, have appeared to communicate the resolution, which de facto means the end of the immersion model.

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In his brief speech, Cambray has sent a message of “tranquility” to educational professionals. “You must continue working as up to now with involvement and doing your job as you know how to do,” he declared, assuming that from the outset they will not abide by the resolution.

“The sentence is a serious attack on the Catalan school perpetrated by a court far away and unaware of the reality of the educational system,” he lamented. And he has defended that the Catalan school language plan is supported by the majority of the Parliament, by the Education Law and by the results of the students, which show an equivalent knowledge of Catalan and Spanish.

The linguistic immersion model, which establishes Catalan as the language of vehicular use in the classrooms, has been questioned by the courts for more than a decade. In its ruling on the Statute, the Constitutional Court already ruled that Spanish should have its own weight as a language of use in the Catalan educational system, and since then the courts have given the reason to many of the families who demanded that their children and daughters were offered bilingual schooling.

The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) ruled in 2014 that if a student requested it, he had the right to have at least 25% of the subjects taught in Spanish in his classroom (which is equivalent to Spanish Language and one more subject ). The scale change occurred in December 2020, when the magistrates of this same court issued a ruling in which they forced the entire compulsory education system to comply with this percentage “effectively and immediately.”

The Generalitat then announced the appeal to the Supreme Court and also defended that the Celaá law, the LOMLOE, protected the immersion. But a new ruling by the TSJC for two Catalan public schools has already made it clear that this was not the case.

Asked again if the Celaá law shields immersion or not, Cambray has limited himself to affirming that the Generalitat will comply with what this norm establishes, and that is to guarantee the command of both languages ​​at the end of compulsory schooling. The counselor has explained that he has spoken this Tuesday with the Minister of Education, Pilar Alegría, and that they have shared this same objective.

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