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Ibiza Education Lottery

We're always told that education is so important and that the acquisition of letters after one's name

We're always told that education is so important and that the acquisition of letters after one's name is vital for a good career. Well here in Ibiza there's an ironic twist to this advice as it has become the letters IN the name that have taken on the importance.

So many pupils want to go to the same schools that there is often a tie when adding up the points in the system which determines who gets into any particular school. The points are awarded depending on the number of siblings, proximity of the residence to the school, and the financial postiton of the family.

If, after all these points have been summed there are still too many pupils for the school, those whose names contain the letters D and M will get in first! The letters were drawn out of a hat (it's a good thing that X and Z didn't come out first) to make the choice impartial and just to prove that education these days isn't a lottery.

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