Protests at Department of Education, Culture and Universities headquarters in Palma

FIFTY representatives from four unions gathered outside the Department of Education, Culture and Universities headquarters in Palma. This comes in the wake of impending cuts to the education budget in the Balearic Islands which the unions say will “lead to serious consequences for the future of society”.

“These cuts will diminish the quality of education,” said Rafael Pons, secretary general of the union CCOO. “The increase in teaching hours means reducing the number of teachers, which inevitably affect remedial classes, vocational training programs and mentoring.”

“Money should be allocated to education as it is an investment rather than an expense”. Meanwhile the secretary general of union STEI-I, Gabriel Caldentey said that “about 400 interns will be left without work” due to this measure.

The general secretary of union FETE-UGT, Carme Santamaria, has asked the Govern to  meet with the unions to discuss issues including changes in language teaching and anything that will “lead to a decline in the quality of teaching”.

“We want what we were promised in President Jose Ramon Bauza’s election campaign: an education highway,” said ANPE-Baleares president Antonio Martorell.

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