The Supreme Court has decided not to admit the appeal filed by the bishops against the resolution of the Government of Aragon to reduce a class (lasting 45 minutes) the subject of Religion in Infantile and Primary. In this way, the next course 90,000 students will have only one weekly session of this discipline, or the one that replaces him, compared to the current two.
The Aragonese Minister of Education and Culture, Mayte Pérez, has appeared before the media to explain the order, which the Higher Court of Justice of Aragon (TSJA) has sent them today. In it the sentence issued by the TSJA in July of 2017 makes it possible to reduce this subject in Infant and Primary from 90 to 45 minutes. The measure can not be made effective this 2018-2019 academic year for organizational reasons, given that the centers have already consolidated the schedules and quotas and would generate a great loss.
When the next school year is implemented, the centers will be able to allocate those 45 minutes to other subjects, such as English, music, art or physical education or other reinforcements, depending on the characteristics of each school, Pérez added.
The sentence is for the counseling a "very great news", which could have arrived earlier and in this way the measure could have been implemented this course. However, if a center shows its intention to apply it already, the department is open to studying the possibilities.
The Department of Education made this decision in 2016, when it modified the curriculum to teach only 45 minutes in Religion. The Superior Court of Justice of Aragon endorsed the decision, but maintained the precautionary measures it had already issued in 2016 until the bishopric and the teachers of Religion, who had opposed this measure, prepared their appeal before the Supreme Court against this ruling.