The educational crisis in Venezuela has been worsened during the Covid-19 pandemic. Venezuelan teachers have demanded improvements in the conditions for the return to classes.
In the State of Guarico, educators have assured that they will not return to classes in this new school year because of the great danger that children and young people are in due to the coronavirus and the poor security and higiene conditions.
On the other hand, they claim that while they have been demanding a better salary or respect for collective bargaining, the Ministry of Education has not addressed their concerns.
“Nicolás Maduro’s administration only cares about remaining in power, so our complaints have not been heard,” denounced José Loreto, former president of the Teachers’ Association.
Loreto informed that the regime has taken as a priority the repair of some schools that will be voting centers, in the elections called for 6-D.
The schools also do not have the technological updates required to teach online, they consider that just as there was a millionaire expense in electoral machinery to carry out elections, it also should have been possible to invest in the educational sector. Particularly because many of these institutions are now abandoned after six months of quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The educational union also pointed out that Maduro has a debt of more than 280% in salary increases and also urged the teachers to join a strike of activities in rejection of the incorporation of classes in person and online.
Education in Merida in danger
The Director of Education of the State of Merida, Jorge Carvajal Callejas, assured that they are preparing the teachers for the virtual restart of activities announced for September 16th.
Carvajal Callejas assured that the absence of up to 12 hours of electric power, as well as the failures or lack of internet for both teachers and students are part of the difficulties they must overcome.