Wednesday, August 3, 2011

252000 students signed up to pay the PSU

The figure is lower by 10 thousand students on the process 2010. Meanwhile, more than 170 000 were awarded the scholarship Junaeb.

252 000 568 was the total number of students enrolled to pay the University Selection Test , according to the Department of Evaluation, Measurement and Educational Record, Demre.

The figure is lower than in the same regular period in 2010: 10 000 841 registered less. 

Of the total, 190 000 018 people belong to the promotion of the year  and 62 000 550 to past promotions.

The promotion of the year, 170 000 986 will use the grant from the National Board of Student Aid and Scholarships, which enable them to take the test for free: 71 000 258 correspond to municipal schools, 99 000 640 to subsidized private schools and 18 000 332 individuals paid.

Request of students and teachers

During the meeting held by secondary students and professors with the Minister of Education, presented the petition to the government must respond today.

Last week students and teachers met with Education Minister Felipe Bulnes, who delivered a petition together, including concerns of all sectors.

The minister promised to deliver a response to this document during the day today. Known then what are the main points of the request of students and teachers.

Constitutional Change
The state must guarantee a free education, Democratic and Quality organized and funded by the State at all levels. What is required is to appear explicitly in the Constitution that education is a fundamental right and public good.

School education
- Desmunicipalización education . It proposes creating a National System of Public Education under the Ministry of Education, with its own assets and responsible for the administration of public education.

- New funding system to ensure contributions basal to all establishments and not through budget support.

- The creation of a new law teaching career based on merit and experience, which considers stages of professional development.

- Regulation and control of the creation of new subsidized schools . It aims to stop the creation of these facilities until there is legal basis for regulating their existence.

- Free TNE , ensuring school transportation 365 days a year, especially for students regions.

- National Plan for reconstruction of facilities .

- own funding system for vocational education and polytechnic school level to ensure infrastructure in line with scientific and technical advances to make qualified and appropriate to the respective specialties.

- Democratization of school spaces for student participation , reformulating Decree No. 524 with respect to the Student Centers, strengthening the role of these and Secondary Student Federations legally recognized.

Contributions basal
That should benefit the public universities. Also requested an increase in direct fiscal (AFD) permanent and progressive universities in the Council of Rectors of Chilean Universities (Cruch).

New system of access to universities
In addition, it calls for a new national accreditation system for schools. Asked to ensure a more representative of the socioeconomic reality of the country in the enrollment of each institution, reducing the weight of the PSU in the admission process transparent and assess their relevance.

New System of Scholarships and Student Finance
Are asked to promote a comprehensive restructuring of the scholarship system to end the family debt.

Superintendent of Higher Education
Creating the superintendent shall have the power to oversee and enforce the law establishing the prohibition of profit in any institution of higher education.

Educational Rights of Indigenous Peoples
It asks among other things, increase the amount of the grant indigenous and intercultural create a state university.

Technical Training Centers and Institutes Professionals
New policies to improve technical training centers and professional institutes. If you order a state guarantee to ensure the education offered technical training centers and professional institutes in all regions, creating a national network of free technical education and quality.

universities reject government proposal

While the Confederation of Students of Chile, CONFECH, was to formally answer whether approved or rejected the government proposal on Friday, federations and college have clear picture that points to a refusal to be "inadequate and not respond to the demands of petition ".

This is the case of the University of Concepción . Its president, William Petersen, told La Tercera that "we reject the government's proposal because it emanated from an ideological agreement of this political class and does not respond to, for example, how the state will guarantee education as a right and only deepens on indebtedness. "

A similar view is the president of the Student Federation of the U. Católica de Valparaíso , Nataly Espinoza, who said that "we did an analysis of the proposal of the minister and the students considered it a setback because it allows profit. We see no structural change, on the contrary, privatization further education and perpetuating the debt, "demanded the leader.

While for the vice president of Utem , Cesar Urbina, document delivery with 21 points progress towards democratization, "there are bright lights aimed at further privatizing."

"There is dissatisfaction with the Federation about that (points) are few specific regard to our demands. It's more of the same, do not specify the amounts, for example, "he said. 

Discontent across the country. In the north, Arica, president of the Federation of U. Tarapacá , Macarena Godinez, told La Tercera that the document does not "guarantee to get free items or be an equitable system. No Psu rejected. We appreciate the initiative of the preparatory course but it's a band-aid solution, "he said. UTA students formally vote today in the afternoon.

A scenario that is repeated in the U. Playa Ancha that takes more than two months to take. "The first approaches are negative towards the government's proposal does not present anything poque back to what I already mentioned the former minister Lavin," said Anibal Olea.

In addition, during the course of the day the U. de Chile, U. Arturo Prat and Austral Bio Bio also decided to vote against the government proposal. With this scenario, add 11 campuses.