The preliminary report of the mission of MEPs who in December investigated the application of linguistic immersion concludes that “the educational system in Catalonia must give the same treatment to both Spanish and Catalan as the vehicular language of teaching”, something that does not happen in the current monolingual system in Catalan.
In the draft, to which EL MUNDO has had access, which is still subject to modifications and which will be officially presented on Wednesday, the representatives of the European Parliament also condemn “harassment against children and parents who have been victims of incitement to hatred.” ” for claiming their right to “receive a balanced content of the languages of education” and demands that the regional authorities, that is, the Generalitat, “closely monitor this unacceptable behavior.”
The conclusions and recommendations of the European mission are preceded by a detailed account of the meetings that the MEPs held during their stay in Catalonia and their content.
Thus, the report includes, for example, how the president of the Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC), Jess Mara Barrientos, confirmed to the MEPs the inactivity of the Generalitat in not establishing a reasonable use of Catalan and Spanish in the educational system. And how the High Educational Inspection, dependent on the Government, failed to fulfill its duty of collaboration to execute the sentence of 25% of Spanish. The High Educational Inspection argued before the MEPs that it does not have to execute the ruling of the TSJC that calls for 25% of Catalan education.
Barrientos maintained before the members of the mission that there is xenophobia against parents who decide to individually go to court to demand that their child study more hours in Spanish. There is harassment of parents and students, asking them to leave, adapt or ignoring them, the president of the TSJC said before the members of the European Parliament, according to the report. He also confirmed that the Prosecutor’s Office has had to take measures against incitement to hatred after the harassment actions against the students.
Likewise, the magistrate Javier Aguayo, President of the Contentious-Administrative Chamber of the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC), which handed down the ruling on the 25% of Spanish, defended before the MEPs the need to enforce the law and judicial resolutions, and defend the minorities. Citizens cannot be asked to be heroes for exercising their rights, he added.
The report also confirms that the Generalitat sent senior officials to supervise the MEPs’ visit to the schools although they were not initially invited to attend.
Learn Spanish “with television”
The mission also describes the little interest of the Minister of Education of the Generalitat, Anna Sim, in serving its members. It is reflected in the document that Sim explained that he would not be able to receive the delegation for the entire scheduled time because he had to attend an appointment with the president of the Generalitat about the latest results of the PISA report. It should be remembered that Sim called the visit of the MEPs insane and that he put all possible obstacles for them to visit the chosen schools.
The ERC leader defended immersion because Spanish is spoken by 100% of the population and attributed the decrease in the use of Catalan to the arrival of immigrants in the last 10 years. He argued that this circumstance has reduced the use of the autonomous language in certain territories to 20 or 30% of the population.
When asked about how the objective of achieving bilingualism at the end of schooling without classes in Spanish is met, given that the current system is monolingual in Catalan, Sim responded that it is easy to learn Spanish with the help of television or social networks. social, given the high degree of intercomprehension between Catalan and Spanish as both languages have similar linguistic structures.
To justify the poor results of the PISA report, the Minister of Education has to do with the increase in child poverty and is, therefore, not a question of language.