The President of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, He has used his inaugural speech of the university course to reproach the Government of Spain for one of its new educational laws, as he did during the opening of the school year.
On this occasion, the focus of his criticism has been (although without naming him) the Minister for Universities, Joan Subirats, and the future Organic Law of the University System (LOSU).
In his opinion, the LOSU is a legislation that “betrays the university spirit” because it turns the faculties into a “platform for political agitation in which those who respectfully defend their ideas are persecuted or silenced.”
[Ayuso se abre a adelantar el curso escolar al 1 de septiembre en Madrid como piden los padres]
“Unfortunately, we often see images in which campuses are an open and tolerant place in which to debate together,” Ayuso lamented.
The president’s statements come after, a few days ago, what was candidate for the Junta de Andalucía for Vox, Macarena Olona, suffered an ‘escrache’ at the University of Granada where he had gone to give a talk.
Ayuso, without mentioning this fact directly, has assured that they are images that “concern” him and that, therefore, he dislikes “the laws with which he intends to devalue excellence and colonize the University.”
[Macarena Olona llegará a la Universidad de Granada sin protección al escrache: “No tiene ningún cargo”]
Listing some of his criticisms of the future law, which must be finalized in the Congress of Deputies, Ayuso stated that it enshrines “student strikes without guaranteeing the right of those who do want to attend class” and “put quotas in all areas.”
“They lower the conditions to access the position of rector… in short, they betray the university spirit”, he reiterated.
The president reminded the university actors present of their duty to “protect university life from politicization and prevent inbreeding and excessive bureaucracy, defending the freedom that true vocations in the sciences and humanities need”.
Secondly, Isabel Diaz Ayuso He has also taken advantage of the inauguration of the university course in the region to position the region as a meeting point “for all the accents of our language”.
The president made these statements after hundreds of people gathered in Catalonia this Sunday to defend the use of Catalan in the classroom.
This is a historical demand that the Popular Party has reiterated on many occasions, but that was blurred when nor the president of the national PP, Alberto Núñez FeijóoNeither the regional leader, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, attended the meeting.
[Las siete peticiones de la manifestación por el español de Barcelona]
They did not do it because they were inverse in some inter-parliamentary conferences of their party in Toledo. For this reason, the president has used her first public intervention to make a defense of Spanish and the role of the Madrid’s community in its diffusion.
Taking as a reference the V centenary of the Expedition of the First Around the World, Ayuso recalled how this feat put Spain and the Spanish “on both sides of the Atlantic” in a historical place.
[Feijóo insiste en el “bilingüismo cordial” para que el PP “no parezca hostil en Cataluña”]
“Without the Spanish language it is not possible to understand our university life, its possibilities and its responsibilities“, has introduced.
Thus, the president has justified that the “university reality of Madrid is that the universities belong as much to all Spaniards as they do to all Madrid residents”. “Madrid has been and is the meeting point for all the accents of our language from all regions”.
The regional president and leader of the Party has assured that the Community of Madrid is destined to be the “capital of the Spanish-speaking world and the best university region”. A true “reference”, he has emphasized, within Europe, in “studies in Spanish”.
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