Nearly 100,000 Students Wish to Take Classes on Islam

MADRID – Nearly one hundred thousand students wish to receive classes on Islam, according to numbers issued by the Comision Islamica Espanola (CIE). According to a 1992 agreement with the Ministry of Education, instruction in the subject must be provided if at least a tenth of the students request it. To date, 28 teachers of the subject work in Spain, mostly in Andalusia, Ceuta and Melilla. However, budget appropriations for teaching staff in the Canary Islands and Aragon have already been approved, and the same is expected in Madrid, Valencia and Catalonia.