In the framework of the monthly session of the Council of Rectors held at the University of Talca, the Rector Aldo Valle Executive Vice President of this body referred to the points that are still of concern to the CRUCH institutions regarding the transfers that the schools they will receive from 2016 for free.
Although the plenary session of the Council of Rectors (CRUCH) agrees that gratuity is a convenient policy for the country, which will do good to higher education as a whole, the concern regarding the process persists, "we have stated in a public document , for more than two months that we value the decision to implement a policy of gratuity for the most vulnerable sectors from a socioeconomic point of view as of 2016, however we consider that it is very necessary to advance with greater clarity in definitions for several of the institutions that still have gaps or doubts, which have not been able to be resolved with the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC), our institutions require certainty and security regarding the income that they will have as of 2016 free of charge, ”stated the rector Valle advanced that If there is no clarity, they will continue to sue even before the Mixed Budget Commission, since they have the power to approve or not the part. a of education.
The main discussion lies in the effects of having changed from the reference tariff to the regulated tariff, that generates differences, which may represent real deficits for the income of the institutions. A large part of the institutions of the Council of Rectors do not present this difficulty, but others do and for this reason, a process of successive approximation is being carried out for several months, "the commitment was assumed at the beginning of the announcement of the policy of gratuity, that none of our institutions would have real deficits, the difference is that as long as we cannot well define whether it is purely projected (theoretical) deficits or real deficits in the university budgets, we will continue to publicly demand this clarity by MINEDUC ”, stated the Executive Vice President of CRUCH.
It would be between 7 to 9 universities that could present a deficit and therefore, each of these universities will have the opportunity to clarify in the coming days directly with DIVESUP the terms in which the different results that have been reached are resolved. .
Aldo Valle, who is rector of the University of Valparaíso, explained that the CRUCH has not validated or discussed any division within the institutions that comprise it, in order to persevere in the policy of gratuity as of 2016, and has not discussed or validated at no time any reduction in the number of institutions that should be part of the gratuity. “In general, all of our universities have expressed their willingness to advance in the implementation of this policy, because we understand that it will do good to families and students, but we have also said that we are responsible for ensuring that the institutions have the budgetary balances that are a condition for the proper functioning of the universities in 2016 ”, said Valle. Thus, the vice president of CRUCH believes that it is not appropriate in any case to introduce a division in the budget gloss, or reduce the number of institutions, particularly speaking of those that belong to CRUCH.
For his part, the alternate Vice President of the Council of Rectors Diego Duran recalled the importance of considering the regions in the current discussion, "today we consider that in this budget 100% is not considered the regional reality, in fact there are elements of the gloss that have been diminished with respect to the regions, resources that were previously destined to regions and that now do not exist, which we think would have to be improved. In fact, the fact that gratuity is and is determined by the nominal duration of the degrees, we think that it is not considering the reality of the regions, because it is precisely in the regions where students are with the highest degree of vulnerability and this is reflected in the back round that they have to answer the real time of duration of their studies ”, explained the rector of the University of Maule (UCM).
Regarding AFI, the CRUCH indicated that there is an opinion shared by all the rectors in the sense that it is an instrument that must be modified, “we converge on the concept that it is a rather regressive and not progressive instrument, We share the idea that these resources in the future will be modified in their destination, so that they favor inclusion, equity, particularly in universities located in regions and that precisely require more resources to carry out their missions of integration and inclusion in higher education. to young people who lack the resources and sometimes the academic heritage that is required to be successful in higher education, ”said Vice President of CRUCH, Aldo Valle.
Source: Communications Area Council of Rectors, October 29, 2015