The case of the St Javier’s International Nursery in Marbella, whose owner was recently arrested for running it illegally in unsafe and unhealthy conditions, has led the authorities to take a closer look at other international schools in the area. A local newspaper reported last Saturday that there are at least 12 international schools are operating in Malaga province, mainly in Mijas, Marbella and Estepona, without permission from the local authorities. They are generally nurseries but some teach up to the bachillerato level. The owner of St Javier’s, a 40-year-old Spanish woman, had been running the school for 12 years without the regional educational authorities knowing about it. Police said that, among other things, she had not been paying social security or respecting the rights of the workers.


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