Monday, 22 October 2012 21:33
Chile’s university and secondary school student organizations put forward their proposals for the 2013 budget.
Leaders of Chile’s student movement presented their 2013 budget proposal before a mixed Congressional committee Monday, reiterating their call for greater government investment in public education.
The proposal called for the state to cover 30 percent of public university budgets which they estimate would cost 1 percent of the overall government budget for 2013, or US$750 million.
Absent from the presentation, much to the displeasure of student leaders, was Education Minister Harald Beyer, who is crucial to the discussion.
Spokesperson for the student union association of secondary school students of Chile (CONES), Gabriel Gonzalez, told The Santiago Times he considered the minister’s absence a mark of disrespect.
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