La Font kids go back to 'school'

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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.

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