Catalonia, at the queue in spending for education

The autonomous community fails to meet the objective of reaching 6% of GDP, as the sector demands to the Government Is next to Madrid, the territory that le

Catalonia, at the queue in spending for education

The autonomous community fails to meet the objective of reaching 6% of GDP, as the sector demands to the Government

Is next to Madrid, the territory that less investment goes to non-university education

In an institutional ceremony in September, Quim Torra said that "never has any other government had spent so much money to education and health" in Catalonia. "We follow the trajectory of the previous government and we want to continue to do so," he said. Waiting to know the first draft of the budgets of the president, the primary care physicians and the health agreed, and the educational community to prepare strikes and demonstrations. Are a reflection of that, to the contrary of what was said by Torra, the items of social spending of the government they remain below the previous years of cuts.

A recent study of the State Association of Directors and Managers in Social Services relegated to Catalonia as well as the autonomy that has not recovered the expenditure prior to the crisis. The report indicates that the Catalan government spent nearly 20% less to education, health and social services in 2017 than in 2009. If realized in the teaching, Catalonia is located at the tail of the communities in investment relative to its Gross domestic Product (GDP).

based on figures from the National Statistics Institute shows that the government of catalonia awarded to the training college to be equivalent to the 2,17% of its wealth generated in 2016, the last year with data from the Ministry of Education to contrast with the set of communities, which were around usd 3.07% on average in comparison with their GDP. Only Madrid worsened the registry of Catalonia, to devote to teaching an amount equal to 1,54% of your productivity. Both regions are less likely to give to education if we are to measure his wealth, in spite of to be the most productive in Spain.

The main trade unions, the central of teachers, the federations of parents of students and student organizations manifest this Saturday to demand the Government to raise the allocation up to 6% of GDP. The Law of Education of Catalonia, 2009 required it to reach that percentage to 2017, in order to emulate the majority of OECD countries. However, there has been a failure: even the calculation of the Generalitat -that, more flattering, it equates the ratio of teaching to 3,63% of the productivity of 2016 - is about the goal.

Undo the four percentage points gap between the goal and the current investment would be to endow the system with 14,000 million euros, calculated by the spokesperson of the teachers ' union USTEC-STES, Ramon Font. "It is a difference of more than 8,000 million with respect to the investment completed in 2017, which were 4.900 million", he asserts.

The Unitary Framework of the Community Education (MUCE) -that integrates to the organizers of the march this Saturday - does not require such an unlikely expansion to 2019. "It should be a medium-term goal and go growing from year to year up to 6%", postulated Teresa Esparabé, responsible for educational policy of the CCOO of Catalonia.

The sector entities do claim a "budget expansive" to the Government. They warn that they will not accept an increase less than 10% for teaching in 2019, equating at least the executive of the Catalan joined the accounts, 2017, extended for the current year. To be repeated, it would result in "roughly 500 million euros, without including or much less all the work demands," says Font, who rate at 96 million contract to 7,200 teachers to "be in the same capacity of service than in 2010."

In 2016, the government reserved 703 million less than in 2009 for non-university education. "We have five years of growth and still have not reverted all of the cuts," complains that Font. Organizations to reproach him for the shortage of the teaching staff, the deterioration of their working conditions and the increase in the number of students per teacher, among other aspects. USTEC-STES, the Sindicat de Professors de Secundària and CGT provide for a strike public education for the 29th of November.

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Date Of Update: 17 November 2018, 20:00

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