The Minister of Education met with members of the Executive Committee of Cruch to begin a new pre-legislative work of the higher education project. Work schedule will be defined. "Today there are not enough guarantees for students, education cannot be exposed to the audacity, to the cunning of commercial enterprises," said President Valle.
Santiago, December 29, 2015.- In order to establish a pre-legislative work schedule that addresses the matters that should be contained in the higher education reform bill, members of the Executive Committee of the Council of Rectors met with the Minister of Education, Adriana Delpiano, and other authorities of the Ministry of Education for almost three hours.
This meeting, which arose from President Bachelet's decision to postpone the entry of the bill - initially scheduled for December 31 - to promote pre-legislative work with different sectors involved, was attended by the Executive Vice President of the Council of Rectors and rector of the University of Valparaíso, Aldo Valle; the Alternate Executive Vice President and rector of the Universidad Católica del Maule, Diego Durán; the rector of the University of Chile, Ennio Vivaldi; the rector of the Federico Santa María Technical University, Darcy Fuenzalida and the rector of the University of Playa Ancha, Patricio Sanhueza.
Once the meeting was over, Aldo Valle explained that although this time they did not have access to the Reform project, because it has not been sanctioned internally, they hope to hear from it in the next few days. In this regard, he remarked that "there is not much time, every effort should be made so that at the end of January the President can make a decision in the sense of incorporating the project into Congress as soon as possible, after this scheduled deliberation" .
The executive vice president said that the new regulatory framework for the higher education system should consider the admission system, given the change in financing for higher education. "It cannot be that there are institutions that are part of the gratuity and do not have a public, transparent admission system (...) that gives guarantees to students and also to society as a whole."
Along the same lines, he added that “there must also be a definition of certain rules of public order that constitute a higher education system, because it fulfills a public function. It cannot be that the institutions do not have to comply with some requirements in terms of accountability, of their legal patrimonial structure, of the ends and purposes with which they finally integrate an education system. "
Finally, the Executive Vice President of the Council of Rectors affirmed that, “this Reform is an opportunity for us to have a public order that regulates the higher education system that puts an end to the freedom of trade that governs today in the country. Today there are not enough guarantees for students, education cannot be exposed to the audacity, to the cunning of commercial enterprises ”.
Source: CRUCH Communications Area, December 29, 2015.