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Spain: back to school in a grumpy mood

Spain: back to school in a grumpy mood

The mood in Spain's classrooms is dark as the new school year gets under way, with public school teachers furious over austerity measures they fear will sap the quality of education.
Thousands of teachers, parents and students marched through Madrid Wednesday night to protest personnel cuts. Teachers also plan to demonstrate in other regions such as Navarra in the north, Galicia in the northwest and Castilla-La Mancha in central Spain.
Education is mostly run by regional governments, many of which have hefty deficits. Under pressure to cut costs, they are ordering teachers to spend more hours in the classroom this year. Unions say that means thousands of backup teachers will be axed.
In Madrid, a strike has been called for the opening day of public secondary day schools Sept. 14.


Updated : 2021-07-31 18:33 GMT+08:00