The new school year should not begin in September with face-to-face classes, until the minimum operating conditions in the study sites are in place, the salary demands for the education sector are adjusted and the biosecurity measures for the COVID-19 pandemic are taken. This to protect teachers, students and parents and representatives from infections by the coronavirus.
This was stated by the president of the National Assembly’s Education Sub-Committee, Lara Bolivia Suárez, during the online meeting of the Social Development Committee, the Education Sub-Committee and representatives of the education sector.
She recalled that the education sector presented a manifesto to the people of Venezuela and to the National Assembly as the only democratic institution elected by the people, a document signed by more than 50 organizations of the education sector.
“This manifesto makes a diagnosis of the catastrophe that the sector is experiencing, as well as show support to the National Assembly, to President (e) Juan Guaido and the proposal to promote a National Emergency Government. In addition, they propose the need to articulate and organize joint actions that will allow us to address the complex humanitarian emergency in health and education, rescue national production, wages, work and human rights,” explained the parliamentarian from Lara State.
She added that the National Assembly supports the actions set out in this manifesto and that is why the Education Sub-Committee will present in the coming days an agreement to support the manifesto and concrete actions of protest and support to the country’s education sector.
“We consider from the National Assembly that it is important that we organize ourselves and articulate joint actions that are present the unions, federations, parents, representatives and students so that these actions have an effect on the collective and that we manage to row towards what we Venezuelans want, to get out of this nightmare that we are living,” said Deputy Suarez.
She revealed that one of the strategies to follow is to plan an agitation plan for the rest of August and the first two weeks of September, which can be face-to-face protests, but taking into account the COVID-19 pandemic protection protocol.
She reported that several unions in the education sector conducted a survey to see if they agreed with starting the school year in September as proposed by the regime through Aristóbulo Isturiz, “the education executioner.”
“Eighty percent of the unions and parents and representatives who participated said they did not agree. It is logical because the schools do not have the conditions to operate, especially in the regions, most of the schools and high schools do not have public services, such as water, electricity, transportation and much less internet,” said Deputy Suarez.
She also added that if there are no protective or biosecurity materials for doctors and health workers, so that they do not become infected with COVID-19, “there will be less for the schools and high schools, which is a larger universe of people among teachers, employees, workers, students and parents and representatives.”
In any case, the Congresswoman warned that this proposal not to attend the call for face-to-face classes from September 15th on, must have the consensus of the entire education sector, federations, unions and guilds from pre-school to university.
“In this way, the protest will have an impact, especially in the regions. In addition, there is no risk of reprisals against teachers who do not attend the campuses, or are removed from their posts by the regime. If all of them comply with this protest, the regime will not be able to carry out its threat,” said the parliamentarian from Lara State.
She also informed that a national education front will be appointed to hold joint meetings between the National Assembly and the education sector to articulate the actions of protest in defense and reconstruction of education in Venezuela, once the political change in the country takes place.
“We must all organize by ourselves nationally and regionally, so we must call on all teacher and university unions, call on the sectors of the grassroots movement of teachers, organizations of retired teachers, the student sector, the sector of parents and representatives, and build a set of economic and social demands, the right to free and compulsory education, and a budget for universities, among other rights. A list of demands for political change”.
Finally, she stated that on September 25th, 2018, the National Assembly declared a complex humanitarian emergency in the education sector, so she considered that this year a national protest should be held on this same date, with the participation of the entire education sector to have an impact and put the issue of education on the agenda.
“Let it not only be the education sector that worries about education, but all the Venezuelan people should be aware that the education of our children is necessary, in order to achieve progress and reconstruction of our country,” concluded Congresswoman Bolivia Suárez.