2011/07/07

Student's strike : Universidad de Chile Main Campus occupation

  Studens are currently fighting for free education for all. Consequently,  students  from Universidad de Chile are storming into their main campus  to occupy peacefully as an act of protest. In case you don´t know, Universidad de Chile is the most important public University in this country, it stands for the republicans values of the nation. At the same time, Universidad de Chile is suffering the consequences of the free market system that rules tertiary education. Besides, a great number of their students can´t afford the excessive  costs of attending university  because tuitions are excessive, there are very few scholarships and interest rates of student loans are the legal equivalent to usury.

2011/07/06

Cesante Ilustrado/ protesta estudiantil

 I don't know how to  translate  this phrase. Perhaps it may be rephrased as erudite jobless or something like that. Anyway,   this " title" is a cruel irony regarding tertiary education and the work world, because a " cesante ilustrado" is an individual who will study four, five, six, or ten years in order to get a university degree but when he or she leaves college, the " cesante ilustrado" won't be able to find a job.
Nowadays Education is a current issue in Chile. Students ( from public universities and secondaries schools) are demonstrating  against  Education statuo quo: they want non profit tertiary education and equal accessability to all.  However, the right wing chilean government  is not giving an inch in favour of students' claims. Well, maybe just a little. Nevertheless, this is an interesting debate which is happening now in Chile and nobody is fully aware of how both sides will work out this issue.