Catalan public universities expressed their disagreement on Thursday with the demand for execution of the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC), which requires all educational centers to teach at least 25 percent of classes in Spanish. In a statement issued by their rectors, they recalled that linguistic immersion is a "successful model" and asked that the language policy of schools not be based "on arbitrary percentages."
In the statement they clarified that the results of linguistic immersion "show its benefit, both for students and for society", and ensured that it contributes to social cohesion, equal opportunities and the "normalization of the use of the Catalan language". ».
For its part, the constitutionalist platform, Universitaris per la Coexistence, issued a response on Thursday to the rectors' statement in which it accused them of "wanting to draw a kind of single thought" on Catalan campuses. They also clarified that the rectors cannot assume the political representation of teachers, students and administration and services staff.
In their response, they recalled that there are several Catalan public universities that have been judicially condemned for violating the fundamental rights to ideological freedom and freedom of expression of their members. They also accused the "null argumentative level of the aforementioned statement", and accused it of being based on "a really unfortunate selection of mantras of linguistic nationalism that completely lack a scientific basis."