The scarcity of public services and the continuous failures of the Internet in the State of Merida make it difficult for educational centers to meet the educational objectives ordered by the Ministry of Education due to the quarantine for the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Regional Director of Education, Jorge Carvajal Callejas, denounced that schools are trying to follow the guidelines issued by the Ministry regarding home training, however, they have many limitations.
“Distance education in the circumstances we are living is not easy, because the tools to achieve the objectives of teaching the students with the programmed contents, are not efficient. We do not have the tools to achieve this,” he said.
Callejas said that the continuous and prolonged power cuts last up to 12 hours, making it impossible to meet the educational objectives set every day.
The Regional Director of Education mentioned that the low salaries of the teachers prevent them from having a telephone with internet access, however, he reiterated that the teachers are always committed to their work and make a great effort so that the children can fulfill their school year, resorting to all alternatives.
Ramón Guevara, governor of the entity, denounced that the internet service is deficient and explained that 40% of the state’s educational system is located in rural areas, where communities are unable to access the service.
“We have to have electricity, we have the right to have our public services because they are paid, they are not subsidized. He explained that 40% of the communities in the state that 40% are in rural areas and if sometimes the internet fails in the state capitals, where it is understood there must be a better service, what can be expected from some remote communities?” he asked.
Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship is responsible for the continuous failures of public services in the country, where citizens spend up to 12 hours without electricity, water or internet, making it impossible for children to regularly finish their school year and communities and makes it uphill for communities to comply with the quarantine imposed by the pandemic.