Spain - School strike against reform - October 31, 2016

Thousands of school students were protesting in Madrid on 26 October 2016 against new school-education 'reforms' which will apply more tests to qualify for university. The new exams are part of the LOMCE education Act, which teachers, parents and students say will restrict the curriculum to the needs of the state and business, crush wider learning and critical thinking, and is tantamount to indoctrination. The law also increases the drive to privatisation. The protesters were joined by thousands of parents and teachers, also protesting against the LOMCE reforms and for the defence of public education. The main teachers' unions had not organised a national strike joining the students’ action but some teachers’ unions were supporting the action. The Ministry of Education has estimated that 12% of school teachers joined this strike.

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