Socialist Worker

Workers and students fight for education in Spain

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2377

Education workers and students across the Spanish state took part in a second “general education strike” against education reforms last week. 

Workers struck on Thursday and students joined them with a week of protests to defend education. Up to 83 percent of workers and 90 percent of students took part, according to unions.

As well as massive cuts, the right wing government wants to take more direct control of the school and university curriculum.

Education minister Jose Ignacio Wert is trying to divide students into two tiers from the age of 15.

The exam system would be more focused around the needs of employers. University students would have to sit entry exams in core subjects every year.

The reforms represent a narrow vision of education and are seen as rolling back progress made since the fall of General Franco’s dictatorship.

More than half of young people in the Spanish state are unemployed.

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