The Socialist Party will vote against an initiative of the People’s Party in Congress to “effectively and immediately guarantee the right of all students” to use Spanish “as the vehicular language of the educational system in Catalonia”.
The socialists will reject the non-law proposal that the popular ones take this Tuesday to the plenary session to respond to the separatist Generalitat, which refuses to comply with the sentence of the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) that forces 25% of the classes to be taught in Spanish. Until now, the Government of Pedro Sánchez has avoided taking measures to force the pro-independence Government to abide by the order of Justice. “We do not want to establish a political battle because we understand that the sentences are to be fulfilled,” defended the socialist spokesman in Congress, Héctor Gómez, to questions from OKDIARIO. In the debate, the socialist deputy Marc Lamuà accused the PP of “deciding that languages are a throwing weapon” and “seeking the tension and the raised votes of hatred that they hope to recover with a war of languages.”
The separatist government has circumvented the ruling of the TSJC with the approval of a decree law that explicitly sets the “non-application” of percentages in the use of languages in education. In addition, it has sent instructions to the directors of the schools urging them to adjust the linguistic model to that decree. Despite this, the Sánchez Executive has limited itself to showing its confidence that the Government will comply with the court order.
In its initiative, the PP warns that “it is the High Inspection the instrument available to the State to supervise the autonomous communities in terms of education and who prepares the technical reports used by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training to detect possible regulatory breaches.
In this context, “and in view of these reports, the Government carries out actions of a very diverse nature, depending on the seriousness of the matter analyzed, from the issuance of letters of collaboration or formal requirements before the regulations not adjusted to the constitutional order, up to the exercise of the different legal actions provided for by the different laws, including, if applicable, the one provided for in article 155 of the Spanish Constitution.
Therefore, “the government can’t remain impassive to the declarations of the Generalitat urging educational centers to fail to comply with the sentence, the Constitution and the law, on the grounds that the execution corresponds to the courts of justice, as it did in its response to the Petitions Commission of the European Parliament, affirming that the courts will be the ones to comply with their sentences and the ones who will act when the case arises».
“At the same time, the Government advocated a system that would guarantee the knowledge of Spanish and Catalan through a flexible assessment and not through the quantitative limit,” they reproach from the PP.
The popular warn that «the State has exclusive jurisdiction in the regulation of the conditions for obtaining, issuing and homologation of academic and professional qualifications and basic norms for the development of article 27, and attributes to the public authorities the obligations to guarantee the right to education. “In this appeal to the public authorities, both the State Administration and that of the autonomous communities are appealed to,” is highlighted in the non-law proposal.
“In short”, concludes the initiative, “the Government cannot incur in a relinquishment of functions while the right of Catalan students to study in Spanish is violated and Catalan citizens are forced to exercise actions on their own that recognize their rights language problems before an impassive government and a regional government that denies them their rights».
Therefore, the PP urges the Government to guarantee the right of all students to the use of Spanish, the official language of the State, as the vehicular language of the educational system in Catalonia, in the percentages that are determined and that may not be less than 25%“in an effective and immediate manner”.
In addition, it is requested to modify the new Education Law to adjust it to the ruling of the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia and to ensure, through the High Educational Inspection, compliance with the basic conditions that guarantee the equality of all Spaniards in the exercise of their rights and duties in matters of education and their linguistic rights.
The PP requires the Government to require the Generalitat to “comply” with the sentence and “will reserve the right that the Spanish Constitution and the laws grant it to adopt the necessary measures in order to comply with these obligations.”
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