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Education "passes to the board" to the Government of Santos

Education, one of the three pillars of the second term of the Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, along with peace and equity, passed the "board" to the Government and put it to the test with a Strike of 300,000 teachers that lasted more than a month and which was lifted this Friday.

Bogota, June 17 (EFE) .- Education, one of the three pillars of the second term of the Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, along with peace and equity, passed the "board" to the Government and Put him to the test with a 300,000-strong strike that lasted over a month and was lifted this Friday.

Although Santos himself said this week that since 2010 his Administration has invested 212 billion pesos (about 72.2 billion dollars) in the sector, "the highest figure in the history of the country," eight million students of basic education and

On that day, members of the Colombian Federation of Education Workers (Fecode) began a strike in search of an increase Wage and structural improvements in education.

"Today we reached the agreement that puts an end to the teacher strike so that our children and young people recover the days and Weeks away from classrooms, "said Education Minister Yaneth Giha, announcing the agreement with the Colombian Federation of Educators (Fecode).

This union, Carlos Rivas, had assured that the reason for the strike was not only salary but the guild also demanded "food, transport and infrastructure for the children", in It seeks to achieve a general improvement in the quality of education.

The delay in reaching an agreement led to the mobilization of teachers, which were daily, More and more force in the main cities and put in doubt the fulfillment of Santos' goal of making Colombia the most educated nation in Latin America in 2025.

In fact, in Bogota, the teachers paralyzed the Transmilenio mass transit system for hours and clashed with the police squad.

In other regions, Educators blocked important road arteries, causing different sectors to join the protest, such as employees of the judicial and prison system and those of district hospitals, Among others, demonstrating once again that, beyond the armed conflict that holds the headlines of the press and the signing of the peace, in Colombia there are other problems that require Attention.

"Protest is always justified but not to abuse that right. What can not happen is that there is an imposition," Efe told the academic and education expert

According to Malagón, also a leading advisor of the Colombia Scientific program, the University of Rosario The government's position was always "clear" in the sense that it openly said "how far it could give in negotiation to reach agreement points."

The truth is that for many It is "undeniable" the progress that has been made in education since Colombia's arrival in Santos in 2010.

Among the progress highlighted is that education was decreed in 2011 Free of charge in public schools up to the 11th grade of secondary school, the single eight-hour day was implemented and 10,000 classrooms have been built and there are another 10,000 In addition, in the current administration, more than 7,000 scholarships have been provided for teachers to attend master's degrees and it is expected that by the end of Santos's mandate in 2018, Some 40,000 students have benefited from the flagship program "Ser pilo paga".

However, this initiative provides higher education opportunities for low-income youth Economists with good academic performance has severe critics.

Precisely, Carlos Arturo Morales, professor of the University of Antioquia, stated in an article Recently published in the newspaper Alma Máter that the program "covers only 1.5% of high school graduates each year and is a condonable loan, not a scholarship Thus, for some the education, now considered by Santos as the "pretty girl" of his Government, begins to show the "ugly face" of a national reality that for years Went into the background because of the urgency of achieving peace.

Claudia Polanco Yermanos

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