Valencia backtracks over citizenship classes in English
By h.b. – Dec 15, 2008 – 6:21 PM
Schools can now apply to give the classes in Castellano or Valencian.
The regional government in Valencia, la Generalitat, has backed down and now agreed that the citizenship classes in the region’s schools can be given in Castellano or Valencian, and will not continue to be given in English.
It follows a series of large protests across the region by parents, teachers and students alike against a measure which was seen as a political move by some against the new citizenship classes added to the curriculum by the government in Madrid.
Those schools who have not successfully adapted to giving the classes in English can apply for the change before the end of the season, providing the head teacher is in agreement.
The decision also comes just two days after a General Strike was called for in the education sector in the Valencia region for this Wednesday. It’s unclear as yet whether that stoppage will now take place, but it is likely to be put on hold until January or February ahead of a wider agreement.