The Paraguayan Senate approves censorship of the criticized education minister

The Paraguayan Senate approved on Thursday the motion of censure to the Minister of Education, Eduardo Petta, of criticized management by teachers and student unions, and forwarded it to the Lower House for ratification.

In Paraguay, the motion of censure is not binding on the Government and is provided in the Magna Carta to recommend the dismissal of the respondent, for which a qualified majority is required.

This requirement was reached in the Senate after 31 members voted in favor, 11 against, two abstentions and one absent, according to the count of its president, Blas Llano, during the videoconference session before the coronavirus pandemic, which caused the suspension of classes.

The vote took place after the interpellation of the past day 13, in which Petta responded for eleven hours to criticism from union bases and student groups that accuse him of refusing to dialogue.

Senator Sixto Pereira, of the leftist Guasu Front, the third political force in the country, said in his speech that the minister "does not have the conditions or capacity" to hold office, and assured that his explanations last week were "absolutely not satisfactory."

The motion of censure in the Upper House was accompanied by almost all of the opposition and part of the members of the sector of the ruling Colorado Party.

Petta is one of the government's most questioned ministers since he assumed the portfolio in August 2018, both due to the tone of his statements or his reluctance to assume mistakes, such as the publication of some textbooks with errata.

Most of his prolonged questioning, the minister referred to the virtual classes that he has improvised during the pandemic by COVID-19 despite the rejection of student and union sectors.

This strategy is one of the most questioned in a country with a slow internet connection, low technological penetration and difficult access for a large part of the population.

In addition to being a challenge for teachers, parents and students.

However, Petta said that the virtual classroom has reached 918,000 schoolchildren out of a total of 1.5 million students in the country's public education and announced the support of companies in the sector to train teachers.


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