Why Spain’s teachers and students are on strike today

Revolting Europe

Javier López*

The crisis is having a devastating impact on essential public services such as education. Until 2009 the public expenditure on education was approaching the European average, reaching 5.1 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Since then central and regional government have been brutally cutting their education budgets, leading to a 30.5 percent drop in spending  between 2010 and 2014. This takes us back to spending levels of decades ago, when state education was not available for 16 year olds, and when there was no universal early years education (3-6 year olds).

In just one year, between January 2012 and 2013, we have lost 24,957 teaching jobs in non-university state education, even though there’s growing demand for state education which has absorbed 80,000 additional students. To the above losses must be added the removal of 4,321 teaching posts in state universities. In just one year, state education has lost…

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