MADRID – Spanish students plan COVID-19 strike for “lack of safe plans”

Secondary school students in the public education sector are planning to ‘strike’ from 16-18 September when classrooms reopen in protest at what they see as a botched up resumption of the school year amid a rising number of COVID-19 cases across the country, Spain’s student union announced on Wednesday. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports from Madrid.

“We want to return to school,” said union spokeswoman Coral Latorre, adding that the organisation wanted to avoid the “disaster” of distance learning and for young people to stop being “criminalised” for fresh coronavirus outbreaks in Spain.

Secondary school teachers are also due to strike in the capital Madrid later in September, claiming the regional government lacked a solid plan for the return of students.

While Spain’s education centres remained closed during the country’s state of alarm, regional administrations, which are in charge of education in Spain, replaced in-person classes with distance learning. The process exposed inequalities among students, given that students without computers or an internet connection could not join in.

With only two weeks left until 8.2 million non-university students are slated to return to the classrooms, families, teachers and students all remain concerned about the situation.


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