All political parties in Torrevieja now appear to behind a campaign to prevent the closure of another school in the area. A protest march was arranged this week from the Colegio Público Ciudad de Oviedo to the Town hall, with the support of the Izquierda Unida group, after their education representative, Vicente Henarejos, explained that the closure of the school would involve the “undoubted loss of jobs that are no longer required”, mostly by amalgamating students into larger class sized groups at other schools.

The school had been operating largely out of “temporary” portacabin units, but was set to close as part of previously reported promises to reduce the number of these types of classes, by creating larger groups. Following the protest decision, the Mayor, Eduardo Dolón, convened an urgent meeting in which it was agreed unanimously by all political parties represented in the City Council to support the allegations and fight to keep the school open.

Dolón had said earlier this week that the closure of the school was as a result of the reduction of students, which, in his view, makes it impossible to keep. He also accused the school board has not showing concern over this matter, stating that he had called a meeting with the Municipal School Board in late December in order for them to submit arguments against this decision, but “no one came”.

Dolón has also criticized other political groups of using the school for political gain.

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