The deputy of the National Assembly (AN), Bolivia Suarez, said Friday that the expectations of teachers, representatives and students for the start of the 2019-2020 school year are “totally negative.” Suarez explained that, although Nicolás Maduro said that all conditions are met to start classes, “it is impossible to start in any successful way.”
“89% of the infrastructure is in the ground. Of 27 thousand educational institutions, the regime will give a kit to 209 educational centers and all that has is paint and a brush. They will not take into account the reality of each institution. There are no bathrooms, there are no drinking fountains, there is absolutely nothing”, said the parliamentarian.
Suarez added that 99% of institutions do not have access to basic services such as water and electricity. In 95% of schools there is no teaching material, 91% do not have school supplies in good condition, 89% do not comply with the food program.
“The pulverization of salary”
The parliamentarian explained that, according to a survey conducted by Funda Redes, the economic crisis has ‘pulverized’ the salary of both representatives and teachers. “In a family group with a minimum wage, there is not enough to eat for one day and much less to buy school supplies and if the kids do not have school supplies, how are they going to attend classes?” The deputy questioned.
“There is no salary here, all there is is a monthly allowance that is not enough to survive. In the case of teachers, it is impossible for teachers to join classrooms. this is a great uncertainty because, like the students, the professors also do not have how to attend classes, they do not have how to feed themselves or to pay the bus ticket, it is impossible for them to pay passage with the salary that an educator has and who earns the minimum salary”, stressed Suarez.
The school year will begin with protests
The deputy of the AN announced that the school year will not begin in the classrooms, but a continuous protest will begin in the Ministry of Education in Caracas and in the educational zones of all the states of the country.
“What we demand is that the budget for education be increased, but we know that they will not do it because the interest of the regime is to have illiterate people because social control is made easier for them. Here there will be no willingness on the part of the regime to change its policies towards education because it does not matter if people have criteria and think”, said Suarez.
The parliamentarian recalled that the 2018-2019 school year did not meet expectations or regular school hours, she also explained that it was described as “the worst year in history at the educational level”. However, Suarez said that the 2019-2020 school year “will be worse because there will be no classes because they are preparing the ‘express teachers’, but the representatives will not allow them to teach their children because they have no type of knowledge.”
“The express teachers do not replace a real teacher because the teacher has a knowledge preparation and also has training in pedagogy”, said the deputy.
Suárez culminated her statements by ensuring that: “Teachers have understood that the only way to save education is getting rid of this regime.”