The country’s President, Juan Guaidó, asked the Venezuelan teachers, with whom he met this Saturday morning, not to falter in the struggle and to continue with the “laudable work” of continuing to shape the future of Venezuela.
Through the virtual meeting with representatives of teachers and teachers’ unions from all over the country, Guaidó recalled that despite the current “adverse context”, which the nation is experiencing due to the combination of the Complex Humanitarian Emergency and the COVID-19 pandemic, the only opportunity to put an end to the situation is the formation of a National Emergency Government.
“The great opportunity that Venezuela has today is the formation of a National Emergency Government, which also has the support of the world. I ask that this great force, the teachers, not to give up in the struggle, that we continue together and united. We have the responsibility and the opportunity to rescue the education system in Venezuela.
In the virtual meeting, where several members of the national Parliament also participated, the interim President expressed his concern about the conditions of the country’s education sector, which ranges from “hunger wages” of teachers, to the deteriorated infrastructure of schools, to the increasingly high dropout rate.
The teachers from the 24 states who met with President (e) Juan Guaidó, expressed their concern about the non-existent conditions in the schools, in case the regime gives the order to resume the face-to-face classes.
They denounced the fact that schools do not have drinking water, a fundamental element for the prevention of the coronavirus; therefore it is impossible to comply with the minimum precautionary standards, as has happened in other countries where confinement has been lifted and classes have been resumed. They also mentioned that the infrastructure of educational centers is increasingly deteriorated and many have been stripped in the last two months.
They said that every day the salary amounts to less, so they said that “without a political change it is impossible to change the education sector and Venezuela”.
Finally, they ratified their support for the formation of the National Emergency Government and for the struggle that the president in charge and the National Assembly continue to wage for Venezuela’s freedom.