Disagreements over leadership and handling of school causes students to revolt.
The facade of Santiago’s esteemed Instituto Nacional harkened back to the height of the 2011 student movement Thursday morning, with chair legs protruding from the fence and banners hanging from the gates.
Government denies student claims that 10,000 will lose funding.
Controversy over the allocation of government grants for students grew this week as the Education Ministry released figures in an attempt to quell fears that more than 10,000 will lose funding, but student leaders remain unconvinced.
Changes to student grants cited as key factor in largely peaceful march that ended with isolated confrontations between police and ‘encapuchados.’
Organizers claim more than 80,000 marched for education reform in downtown Santiago on Wednesday with large demonstrations also taking place in Valparaíso, Concepción and other cities across the country. Carabineros, Chile’s uniformed police force, estimate only 37,500 attended the march.
In the shadow of presidential elections, Chile’s confederation of student unions continues to pursue free education.
Thousands are expected to march in Santiago on Wednesday as the student movement seeks to influence the outgoing government’s last opportunity to legislate, and take steps toward meeting some of its demands for sweeping reforms.
The Council of University Directors met last Thursday to reevaluate how students are tested and universities are funded.
The Council of University Directors of Chile (Cruch) met Thursday in Punta Arenas to discuss higher education reform. The main topic of discussion was revising the PSU, the entrance exam to Chile’s traditional universities, which in the past has favored students of private high schools.
High school students, workers’ unions join protest before clashes with police.
Thursday’s education protest organized by the Student Federation of Private Universities (Mesup) ended in violent clashes after police attempted to prevent demonstrators from reaching the Education Ministry.