The race continues to try to stop Spanish from being the vehicular language of education and the official language of the State as intended by the Organic Law of Modification of the LOE (Lomloe), known as the “Celaá law”. This morning, the constitutional entities Assembly for a Bilingual School of Catalonia, Impulso Ciudadano, Catalan Civil Society and S’ha Acabat! have presented in the Congress of Deputies a petition addressed to all parliamentary groups to request that the vehicular character be maintained Spanish and other co-official languages.
«The document that we have delivered analyzes the history of the language issue in Catalonia, with court rulings and the current law in Catalonia, as well as the proposals that we ask the deputies so that take into account and reverse this situation“, Explains Ana Losada, President of the Assembly for a Bilingual School in Catalonia, who warns that the” Celaá law “will give rise to the situation in Catalonia expand to the rest of Spain. “This law will mean that the model of the Catalan school is exported to the rest of the communities with co-official languages,” he says.
The approval of the Lomloe, explains Losada, is “to give legal form to what is already being breached in Catalonia”, so that if Spanish ceases to be a vehicular language in education, other autonomies with co-official languages may eliminate their teaching lines in Spanish and keep only those of the other languages. “This law gives a leg for something illegal to be done,” he assures, something that they will not allow, because if it goes ahead they are willing to go to court to prevent it.
The document requests that Lomloe maintain the character of Spanish as a vehicular language, which is recognize the linguistic right of students to be educated in Spanish and in the other co-official languages in the territories where this occurs, that the law is adapted to what is established by the Constitutional Court in matters of linguistic co-officiality, that it establishes the minimum proportion for linguistic conjuction models, that Spanish be recognized as the native language of all Spaniards and that common assessment tests are carried out for all of Spain.
“A law that restricts rights”
“It is a law that restricts rights”, sentence José Domingo, president of Impulso Ciudadano, who remarks that “surprisingly”, instead of giving more rights to citizens, what this new norm is going to do is “take away the rights of citizens. students in Spain to be schooled »in Spanish. The purpose, he says, is to implement a third educational model that adds to those that already exist, that of freedom of choice of language and that of linguistic conjunction in the corresponding proportions. “The law wants to establish a model that the Constitutional Court has already said is unconstitutional, which is that of the only language in a community where there are several co-official languages ”.
The intention of the Government with the “Celaá law”, says Domingo, is “to implement a model in benefit of nationalist parties». “That they do not deceive society,” he claims, since he considers that what is intended is to hinder the exercise of rights by citizens. “It is a clear setback, a law that amputates rights,” he says, and shows his intention to continue working to prevent it from becoming a reality.
At the beginning of the campaign that these associations intend to carry out, they have also published a manifesto to express their objectives. “Spanish must be the language of communication in the entire educational process and must be vehicular, where appropriate, together with the other co-official language or languages in the autonomous community”, begins the aforementioned manifesto, which recalls that it establishes this Article 3.1 of the Constitution, which says that Spanish is official throughout the Spanish territory, which implies the right to receive an education in Spanish. “None of the above is true in Catalonia,” the document denounces.
The signatories regret that Catalan children do not receive Spanish classes until they are six years old, and once they reach that age they only receive them in most cases in language classes, the rest of the non-linguistic subjects being taught in Catalan. «The system known as linguistic immersion implies that all subjects They are taught in Catalan, except Spanish, and that, in addition, Catalan is the only language of communication in the educational community, “they lament. This situation, they denounce, is denied “systematically by those who look the other way to the violation in Catalonia of a constitutional requirement and the rights of children and their families”, so these associations ask that it be recognized that Catalonia is Fails to comply with the obligation for students to study in Spanish.
What the “Celaá law” will achieve, they say, is to support this practice which is already being carried out in Catalonia and which “systematically deprives the right to be educated in Spanish »to children studying in Catalonia. They also allude to the fact that Spanish is the mother tongue of more than half of the Catalans, so that the academic results of these children are worse than those of Catalan speakers, as they do not receive an education in their usual language.
“A clearly political end”
“Those of us who signed this manifesto commit to continue working to reverse the situation in Catalonia,” say the signatories, who denounce that the Lomloe also represents “a clear message of helplessness” for those Catalans who advocate respect for the Constitution and for a bilingual school. They request the support of all Spaniards so that it is assumed “naturally” that Catalans have two languages: Catalan and Spanish. “What is defended is an internationally recognized right, the right to receive education in the mother tongue when it is official in the country where the child resides; and in the defense of a right as basic as this one, everyone should mobilize overcoming partisan distinctions “, they demand, while denouncing that the exclusion of Castilian has” a clearly political purpose that serves the nationalist project that seeks to separate Catalonia from the rest of Spain ».