Tue. Apr 23rd, 2019

Paraguayan students request that the Minister of Education answer before Congress

Paraguayan students request that the Minister of Education answer before Congress

The National Federation of Secondary Students (Fenaes) processed a request for interpellation on Wednesday for the Education Minister, Eduardo Petta, to explain the reasons for the lack of teachers in some 2,000 public education centers, two months after the beginning of the lessons.

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The students integrated into the Fenaes have been denouncing these deficiencies for days and criticizing the minister for not having calculated in advance the number of teacher retirements due to retirement, which is supposed to be one of the reasons why thousands of students have lost their class.

The request of the Fenaes, addressed to the president of the Congress, the official Silvio Ovelar, expresses his "concern about the loss of classes of thousands of students due to the lack of teachers in the classroom".

It is also reported that "the Government is violating our right to education with justifications that in our opinion can not be accepted".

In that sense, the Fenaes raises a series of questions to be addressed to the minister, with emphasis on the lack of calculation of the ministry regarding the procedures for the retirement of teachers of retirement age and the implementation of substitutes.

Petta was named in the position by the current president of the country, Mario Abdo Benítez, of the Colorado Party, with the purpose of making education "a national cause" through state policies.

The minister is being accused by the students and by the guild of inoperative and ignore the educational reality of the country.

According to data from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) for 2015, Paraguay invests 4.28% of its GDP in the education sector, below the minimum of 7% recommended by Unesco

In May 2006, groups of students managed, through confinement in several schools, the resignation of Marta Lafuente, Minister of Education in the Government of Horacio Cartes (2013-2018).

The students argued that they were being ignored by the minister in their educational policy decisions.


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