La Font kids go back to 'school'
Pupils in La Font d'En Carròs have finally gone back to class after an impromptu threeweek holiday in protest over the state of their school, which has major structural cracks and the ceiling held up with metal poles.
Parents took their kids out of school en masse to force the regional government's hand, threw on a coach trip and staged a protest outside the education ministry in Valencia.
They complain that even though regional authorities have invested huge sums in repairing, renovating and building schools across La Safor, the one in the worst condition – in La Font – has been ignored.
Education bosses tried to persuade the mayor to encourage parents to put their children back in class, but the local council supports their protest and did not do so.
Now, pupils have been back in 'school' for a week, but not in the original centre – children aged nine to 11 are in makeshift classrooms set up in the sports centre, and the under-fives are in the local nursery.
The five-to-eight age-group inclusive are housed in the old convent known as the Patronato, which is now used as a community centre and for the local Sunday school.
La Font council has sent structural surveyors into the old building and, thanks to a new regional law, may be able to put the job out to tender off their own bat.
A plot of land off the Beniarjó road – which eventually leads to Gandia and the CV-60 – has already been earmarked for some years as a site for the new school.