Catalonia criticised for denying pupil Spanish

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2 February 2006, MADRID – A primary school and Catalonia's regional government have been criticised for refusing to let a pupil learn Spanish.

2 February 2006

MADRID – A primary school and Catalonia's regional government have been criticised for refusing to let a pupil learn Spanish.

The parents of a pupil at Feliu Veguès de Badalona in Barcelona asked the school if their child could have four hours of his lessons in Spanish, as the current law on education in Catalan-speaking areas sets down.

The school refused, arguing it gave all its lessons in Catalan in response to the demand from most parents.

That decision was upheld by the Generalitat when the parents asked it to intervene.

However, the Supreme Court of Justice in Catalonia ruled that both were wrong. It ordered the school to make provision to teach the pupil privately in Spanish for four hours.

It pointed out that in the timetable there was already clear provision for the English language.

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