Originally published in Vilaweb, 10 October 2012
Wert doubled down on his controversial statements of a few days ago, in which he drew links between the rise in independentism and the Catalan educational system
Spain's Minister of Education, José Ignacio Wert, said today that the priority of the Spanish executive is to "Spanish-ize Catalan students so that they are as proud to be Catalan as they are to be Spanish, so that they can have a balanced lifestyle with both identities, since both are enriching and strengthening". Such was his response to a question from a socialist MP in the Spanish Congress, Francesc Vallès, about the statements [video in Catalan] that Wert himself made about the relationship between the rise in independentism and the Catalan educational system.
Vallès found Wert's words regretful, saying that in Catalonia there is no indoctrination, just education. But the minister stuck to his position, offering an example about history class. Wert said that during the former administration [the "tripartit" made up of Socialists, Republican Left and Greens] in Catalonia, the subject was called "History" instead of "Spanish History", as it is in other parts of the Spanish state.
Wert defended and insisted on what he said a few days ago, saying that the "sliding" of a part of the Catalan education system "facilitates hiding the identification of historic elements of Catalonia within Spain".
Wert links the rise in independentism to the Catalan education system (2 Oct 2012)
Platforma per la Llengua (Platform for the [Catalan] Language) considers Wert's declarations on language to be inappropriate (2 Oct 2012)
Spanish government wants to pay private schools in Catalonia and the Balearics to teach in Spanish, according to El Mundo newspaper (3 Oct 2012)