Tens of thousands of teachers have marched through central Madrid, in protest at government plans to make them work longer hours. It was the first day of a two-day stoppage. The secondary school teachers said the increase in hours and reduction in time allowed for class preparation will damage the quality of education on offer.
“We are here to support public education. Investing in education is investing for better citizens. Spain has nothing to do with Europe,” said one of the organisers.
Unions say the measures will result in 13,000 temporary teachers joining Spain’s four million unemployed. They also claim the education system will be further undermined. At 30 per cent, it has one of the highest drop-out rates in Europe.