Millions protest in Spain over education austerity cuts

(digitaljournal.comMadrid – Most educational institutions, at all levels, closed today as teachers and students took to the streets to protest austerity cuts.

Through the recent austerity measures, the Spanish government plans to cut billions of euros from educational sector expenses.

Up to one million teachers and seven million students, from every level – elementary schools to universities – are out protesting these cuts. The strike is taking place in all but three of the seventeen regions of Spain.

With Spain struggling to cut its deficit, with fear of needing a bailout as Greece, Ireland and Portugal have done, billions of euros in cuts have been planned. This will mean fewer teachers, more students per class, and less extra-curricular activities. It will also mean higher costs for university tuition, which could possibly make such tuition out of the range of the average Spaniard.

Overall the cuts would reduce government subsidies on education by more than 20%.

Unions say that worsening educational conditions and mass teacher layoffs can only make the situation in the country worse.

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