Representatives in the Canary Islands of the More Plural Platform, formed by employers’ and union organizations most representative of concerted education, together with the federations associations of fathers and mothers of these schools, joined yesterday to the protest called in the country against the so-called Celaá Law, approved last Thursday, November 19. Dozens of people concentrated on the fair square in the capital of Gran Canaria, in front of the headquarters of the Government Delegation in the Canary Islands, to claim the withdrawal of the Lomloe, considering that it has been approved without consensus and “violates the rights and freedoms in education.”
Grouped in the Platform, subsidized schools, Catholic schools, Cece, Fsie, Feuso, Concapa and Cofapa, have come together to promote a social awareness campaign with the slogan More plural, freer, more equal, to report “the offense of the new Law to the concerted education model that has coexisted in balance with the public school for more than 30 years and what this may mean for the rights and freedoms of citizens. Not in vain, the Celaá Law violates the rights recognized in the Constitution, among them the freedom of education”.
In the Peninsula, the demonstration called by the More Plural Platform in favor of concerted education and against Lomloe, filled the streets of more than 50 cities with vehicles in more than 30 Spanish provinces to protest the cry of Stop Ley Celaá.
Under the motto For the right to choose the education we want, the protesters have mobilized with vehicles in the provinces of all the autonomous communities, with the exception of Catalonia, the Basque Country, the Canary Islands and the Valencian Community. The manifesto calls for the protection and continuity of the democratic plurality of the educational system. The text defends the complementarity of the public and private-concerted networks and does not admit that the Lomloe “allows the educational authorities to impose the distribution of students.” The protesters do not accept the model of “radical inclusion” that, in their opinion, is intended by the Celaá Law and that leads the current special education centers “to their progressive disappearance.”
For his part, the President of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, has considered necessary the educational reform promoted by the Executive against yesterday’s protests, and has wielded the Constitution in the face of criticism of the elimination of Spanish as a vehicular language. He stressed that it is clear that Spain needed to modernize and reform its educational system. He stressed that linguistic plurality is an enormous asset for Spanish society and, therefore, the new law fulfills the constitutional mandate to guarantee the teaching, education and learning of co-official languages.