PSOE decides to abandon the Education Pact while the PP does not raise the financing
Madrid, Mar 6 (EFE) .- The PSOE has fulfilled the ultimatum given yesterday to the PP by its secretary general, Pedro Sánchez, and today has decided to abandon the work of the Subcommittee of Congress for an Educational Pact while the Government does not commit to increase the financing of education to at least 5% of GDP.
After a tense meeting to vote on the financial proposals of each group, none has gone ahead, because in this Subcommission the votes of a three-fifths majority are needed and three parties have not agreed, the various educational parliamentary spokespersons have recognized.
“We get up until there is no commitment on the part of the Government” to reverse the educational cuts and reach 5% of GDP with which to meet the challenges of Spanish education, highlighted the spokesperson for Socialist Education, Luz Martínez Seijo.
“Although our desire was to continue participating, and we make that offer to continue participating, in the Subcommittee we will not do it if there is not adequate financing”, added the PSOE spokesperson in Congress, Margarita Robles.
Both have coincided in emphasizing that after a year working in the Subcommittee, “with loyalty”, “it has been impossible to reach any agreement with the PP, which has denied sufficient funding”; They have criticized that now investment in education is at 4.1% of GDP and the Government wants to put it at 3.67%.
The fact that there is no agreement on financing in education is “a matter of tremendous seriousness,” said Martínez Seijo, who recalled the 9,000 million euros lost due to the cuts and the PP responds with a proposal of 5,000 million euros more until 2025.
In addition, he has accused the PP of having posed a “blackmail” to the autonomous communities by linking the pact with financing to them.
From the PP, its spokesman in the Congress, Rafael Hernando, has described as “irresponsible” and “infantiloide” the socialist attitude.
In the same vein, Sandra Moneo, educational spokesperson for the popular ones, said that she has invited the PSOE to rethink its position since it has political responsibilities in autonomous communities and has been a government party.
“The decision they have taken responds more to a political strategy,” according to Moneo.
He stressed that for the PP to talk about a GDP figure is “deceptive” and what you have to do is “shield” a budget with an economic memory.
To the socialist proposal of 5% of GDP, the PP has replied that this can mean 1,500 million euros per year.
And asked the PSOE: if the Government agrees to put their share, about 76 million euros, will the communities contribute what corresponds to reach the 1,500?
“The PSOE has not assumed it,” Moneo assured.
Javier Sánchez (Unidos Podemos) has said that they remain in the Subcommittee but they will not vote on any of the proposals of the other groups or their own until the voting method is changed, so that the possibilities of the pact “will remain blocked. “
He recalled that the PP and the PSOE were the ones who supported that each point of the educational script (there are 15 topics with their respective sub-themes) had to get ahead with a majority of three fifths.
“We are going to invite the spokespersons of all the groups to rethink this method to save the agreement in some way,” said Sánchez.
Juan Carlos Girauta (Citizens) has charged against the PSOE for pretending to “blow up” the education pact and has defended that a certain investment per student is shielded from raising education funding to 5% of GDP.
He does not just see, as he explained, that the PSOE put on the table an absolute percentage of GDP to pay for public education when the best thing is to “shield” a ratio per student.
Joan Olòriz (ERC) has stated that “the shadow of Montoro has planned” today on the Subcommittee and has been skeptical about the possibility of the pact moving forward without a financing agreement.
The Subcommittee for the Social and Political Pact for Education has been working in the Congress for fifteen months.
It was in December of 2016 when it was set to create it and in February of 2017 began the appearances of more than eighty experts.
Since last January, the groups debate behind closed doors a script of fifteen educational points.
The issue of funding, which has led to the departure of the PSOE, is the second point of the script, while the first dealt with the diagnosis of education, its goals and objectives.