This Monday the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, announced that she will appeal the decree of Minimum Baccalaureate education approved by the central government and that the ‘Celaá law’ ‘landed’ in the classrooms.
The term to do so ended this Monday and the Madrid president was the only one of the communities governed by the Popular Party who have opted for the judicial route, always bearing in mind that both Ayuso and the other directors are obliged to comply with the royal decrees approved by the Government although, apart from this, they use “all the tools of the rule of law”, as Ayuso clarified this Monday.
Sources from the popular leadership have assured ABC that Ayuso’s decision seems “perfect”.
«It has procedural legitimacy to do so, only the communities can», they said and recalled that the Baccalaureate decree derives from the ‘Celaá law’, a rule that was taken to the Constitutional Court by the Popular Party last year.
Sources from the Galician Ministry of Education have told this newspaper that they share «the concern of other communities before a government that intends to use education for its benefit». However, they clarify that from Galicia «we try to correct this situation through our own formula». Which? This community, as it has a co-official language, is responsible for developing 50% of the curricula, “and we have been working for a long time to do so with 27 working groups made up of 120 experts (inspectors, professors, teachers and teaching advisors)”. He assures that with these working groups they manage to “minimize the impact of this law given that we have a successful model backed by results such as the PISA report and the reduction of school dropouts (it is currently at 8.1% compared to 25.6 % of 2009). Therefore, we will make the minimum possible changes.
With the aforementioned working group they also ensure “correcting the failures and contents of the Ministry, especially in matters such as History or Philosophy and reinforcing, in general, basic linguistic, humanistic, mathematical and scientific competences». And, finally, “they reserve the culture of effort with which the Government intends to end, eliminating the numerical grades (which in Galicia we are going to maintain) or passing the course regardless of the number of failures, something that in Galicia we also qualify respecting the law ».
For its part, the Region of Murcia recalled that his Government “has denounced since it became aware of the first drafts of the royal decrees of minimum education the ideologization of the Lomloe curricula. This has been stated to the Ministry of Education through the allegations presented to the drafts of the regulatory projects, without obtaining any response to them.
They consider that “the ideological burden is found in the curricula, which do not respect the principles of ideological neutrality and rigor that are required in the normal functioning of the educational system» and, therefore, they will follow the Galician formula, which is to use the percentage they have to develop their part of the curriculum.
«We will continue to act in 40% of our competition to try to correct the ideological burden that Lomloe intends to impose to the students. We consider appropriate any action that is undertaken by any regional government and that is aimed at correcting the ideological madness of the royal decrees published by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training.
From Andalusia, they have indicated that “we do not intend to present an appeal, but we do agree that Lomloe, in general, does not solve the problems of education in SpainRather, we believe that it only has the objective of making up statistics and that it does not address what is important, improving the teaching-learning process by reinforcing educational support. Andalusia also believes that it is a mistake to disdain the culture of effort, which is a fundamental principle that we will preserve. They will also use their percentage to ‘maneuver’ against the law: «We will reinforce fundamental subjects in 40% of the regional section, betting on Philosophy; there will be a chronological study of history in Baccalaureate, with the main milestones, including those prior to 1812… All the adjustments that can be made while respecting the law».
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism