Following our various reports (and the reason we’re a little behind on other news) on the situation at the Instituto Hozgarganta, parents signed a note (photo) this morning aimed at the Education authorities, in which we notified our intention of not allowing our children to attend school until the problem of overcrowding is resolved. Parents, preferably with their children, will meet again at the school gates tomorrow morning at 9.15am. See photos of the meeting and the conditions in which our kids would have to spend the school year below>Parents gather at the gates collecting signatures for the documents mentioned above, before entering to hand them in to the Secretary. Practically all 38 kids were represented, with the exception of those who it was impossible to notify. The same again tomorrow.
Parents gather in the classroom, with some of the children, awaiting the presence of the Schools Inspector, who came to give us the official line: ‘This kind of thing won’t get you anywhere.’ But he did admit that, legally speaking, the class was overcrowded. The parents knew that. And it was hot in there!
This picture shows how close the desks are to each other; the lack of ventilation is evident, too. Imagine 38 kids in there at various stages of early adolescence and degrees of interest in learning. Would you be able to teach there? Would the kids be able to breathe?
Further protest measures proposed at the meeting include large scale media presence, parents presenting themselves en masse at the education authority’s offices in Cádiz and/or Sevilla, protest banners outside the premises and ‘classes’ being given at the gates, among others. The Parents Association (PA in its English acronym, AMPA in Spanish) has promised to get legal advice through the PA’s regional federation.