.- In a strong statement the bishops of southern Spain have expressed their âpastoral concern for the educational problemsâ that the country is facing, and they denounced âthe lack of recognition of fundamental rights related to educationâ in the governmentâs educational reform program which has been sent for consideration to the Spanish parliament.
In their statement, the bishops denounced any attempt to diminish the right of parents to make decisions about their childrenâs education, emphasizing that the State cannot assume the responsibility proper to parents nor deprive them of their authority to determine the kind of education their children receive. Likewise, they said it was âunacceptableâ that the reform package does not sufficiently guarantee the inclusion of religion in school curricula.
The bishops also slammed the proposed reform for not granting religion teachers the status of employees at schools, calling the idea âdegrading.â
They expressed their support for legitimate action that promotes âthe defense of fundamental rights in the area of educationâ and they united their voices to those of the entire Bishopsâ Conference of Spain in calling for a stable educational system that would lead to an improvement in the quality of education.