Palma.—The Balearic ministry for Education and Culture, Rafael Bosch said yesterday that the regional government has not discounted putting back people's right to choose the language in which their children are educated (Castellano or Catalan) until 2013.

Bosch said that the delay in the choice - which was an election pledge of the Partido Popular in local elections in May this year - has been prompted by the fact that the government is going to have to apply significant spending cuts to its budget for 2012.

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Bosch said that although there are those families who are satisfied with Catalan being an obligatory language in schools, there are those who are not and money will have to be spent on extra teaching staff and necessary modifications.

The new Balearic government, which has not been in power for 100 days yet, is going to have to postpone many of its election pledges because of the lack of funding and the huge debts left by the previous administration. An education was one of the top priorities of this new government.


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