THOUSANDS of teachers and pupils across Spain abandoned the classroom across Spain this week for the second general education strike in a year.
According to Public Schooling, turnout for the strike was 72% among staff at public establishments and 25% in the private sector.
However, the Ministry of Education said the figure was less than 20%.
The strike followed two weeks of protests that involved a raft of lock-ins, vigils and other demonstrations at education institutions across Spain.
Although the strike was in most part peaceful, some clashes with law enforcement were reported. In Valencia, two police offers were slightly injured in an altercation with several students.
The demonstrations follow a series of government reforms including cuts of €6.7 billion since 2010, the reinforcement of core subjects and establishing external examinations.
Critics argue that the changes will serve to create an elitist system that segregates poorer students and dismantles the concept of public education.
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