STUDENT STRIKE AGAINST 3-YEAR UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PLAN (LOW B2)
AS WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT DEMONSTRATIONS, LOOK AT THIS PHOTO……. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE IT? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT PLANS?
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STUDENTS at Spain’s main universities are on strike again today after having staged a protest and shut-down yesterday over plans to reduce degrees to three years from their current four and increase master’s courses to two years from their existing one year.According to the organisers, classrooms in the main faculties in Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona were ’empty’ yesterday and are also likely to be today.
Some 40 demonstrations across the country are expected to hit the streets today, including one in the centre of Madrid starting at Atocha station and finishing in the Puerta del Sol square.Student union leader Ana García says between 75% and 90% of undergraduates and post-graduates in Spain joined in yesterday’s strike.But education minister José Ignacio Wert counters this, saying those following the strike are ‘in the minority’. He has announced plans to change the length of an undergraduate and post-graduate degree to bring them in line with most of the rest of Europe.
Students in Spain consider the move to make master’s degrees longer is a way of making them pay more in tuition fees, and they complain that reducing a first degree to three years will lessen its quality. Minister Wert says cutting the length of an undergraduate degree means Spanish students will be qualified and ready to hit the job market at 21, meaning they will be able to buy houses and start families at an earlier age because their careers will have started earlier than they do currently.