Chilean students announce new stage in movement for education reform
June 16, 2012
On June 15, Chilean students called for two days of protest and reflection, on June 20 and June 28, confirming the beginning of a new stage in the movement for education reform. Representatives of the Aces (Coordinating Assembly of High School Students), Cones (National Coordination of High School Students), and Confech (Confederation of Chilean Students), which unites students from several universities, came together to make this announcement.
The students plan to protest in the main cities in the country, including Santiago, where the protests will begin in the Plaza Italia and continue down the Alameda.
Educational profiteering stands as one of the students’ greatest concerns, reaffirmed by the recent scandal at the Universidad del Mar, where the Director Raúl Urrutia recently stepped down in protest of financial mismanagement.
“The students of Chile are tired of watching entrepreneurs behave like felons, filling up their own pockets, and profiting by destroying our dreams,” said Gabriel Boric, Confech spokesman and Student Federation of the University of Chile (Fech).