Back to School in the Canary Islands

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The new school year will see a number of controversial changes to the curriculum ordered by Spain’s education authorities as part of a drive to raise academic standards. The new term starts the earliest in Valencia, with pupils returning on 3 September.

Primary pupils in state schools in the Canary Islands return on on 8 September, with secondary schools starting their new term two days later on 10 September. Regions such as Catalonia are delaying the return until 15th, whilst children in Asturias and Cantabria are not due back until 17 September, according to the start dates published by the Spanish Minisry of Education.

Many pupils in the Canary Islands have been off since mid-June and the long summer holidays, with parents taking time off from work to look after them and/or paying for a range of summer activities.

Attempts to modify the school calendar, extending teaching by several weeks into July, have consistently been met with opposition from teachers.

The education authorities once again arranged summer English courses for 2000 pupils in July.

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