9 November 2021
President Aragonès and Minister González-Cambray on a visit to an educational center
They consider that the project is a “persecution of students and educators for linguistic reasons by the Generalitat”
The controversy over the Generalitat’s crash plan to increase the use of Catalan in schools has reached Europe after verifying that students and teachers speak it less and less. The MEP for Citizens (Cs) Jordi Cañas has presented a written question to the European Parliament and has asked a European Commission for an investigation since he considers that the project “is a very clear violation of the fundamental rights and freedoms of teachers and students , protected by the European Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Treaties of the European Union “.
Thus, Cañas remarks that of “this new project of persecution of students and educators for linguistic reasons by the Generalitat” since “requires schools to collect evidence of language use, to later review their internal practices through educational inspections of the Generalitat and supervise the application of the new plan, subtracting any type of linguistic autonomy “. For Cs it is a “totally discriminatory project to force teachers to teach their classes only in Catalan and that violates the right of students to receive education also in Spanish”, contravening the judgments of the courts that Spanish is the vehicular language in the Catalan education.
“It is revealed how students and teachers in Catalonia suffer constant persecution for linguistic reasons in the performance of their work and in their studies,” said Jordi Cañas, who requested an investigation to guarantee effective compliance in Catalonia with the fundamental rights protected by the Charter and the Treaties of the Union in addition to urging the European Commission to act to avoid these situations in Catalan schools.
The Generalitat wants to audit each center to review its linguistic project and thus increase the use of Catalan both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities or during recess times. The Catalan administration detected that less than half of the teachers always speak to their group in Catalan, compared to 63% who did so in 2006. Furthermore, 39% of fourth-year ESO students use that language to communicate with their students. teachers, when 15 years ago 56% did it. In 2006, 67% of the students “always or almost always related in Catalan and now only 21% do so,” they indicated from the Government.