Catalan in the classroom

High Court admits it can no longer enforce 25%-in-Spanish ruling and will appeal to the Constitutional Court

The court states the ruling is incompatible with the new laws passed by government and parliament, which it believes are unconstitutional

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Six children playing in the playground of the Hace falta Maiol school in Barcelona, in an archive image.

BarcelonaThe new school year will begin with the ruling demanding 25% of classes be taught in Spanish in schools across Catalonia put on hold. Catalonia's High Court wants to appeal to the Constitutional Court as it believes the new legal framework passed by the Catalan government and Parliament are unconstitutional. The High Court admits that the legislation also implies "a situation that prevents the execution of the [25%-in-Spanish] sentence". For this reason, the Catalan High Court judges have asked the parties and the Prosecutor's Office to take a position within 10 days on their proposal to ask the Constitutional Court on the legislation's unconstitutionality.

Catalan Education Minister Josep Gonzàlez-Cambray believes this is a first victory in the legal battle against the original ruling. He believes this will be the first step towards ensuring no school is forced to teach a quarter of classes in Catalan. Cambray said he was not worried about the appeal to the Constitutional Court, since the legislation was already examined by the Council of Statutory Guarantees, which did not believe it was unconstitutional.