” This really is a country tragedy,” said Patricia Muñoz, who directly summoned President Gabriel Boric to take a definition on the matter.
The children's defender, Patricia Muñoz, directly summoned president Gabriel Boric, given the high numbers of school dropouts, assuring that “it is a country tragedy”.
Let us remember that more than 50,000 students dropped out of the educational system, according to the latest figures provided by the Ministry of Education.
There are 50,529 students who did not enroll in 2022, which means an increase of 24 % compared to 2019, before the pandemic.
To this is added school absenteeism, where the national average attendance between March and September reached 83%.
Patricia Muñoz: “This really is a country tragedy”
“We have been saying it since the pandemic began, I remember having specifically asked Minister Figueroa and Minister Blumel for a specific instance, they remember that this Covid table was created, I asked for a specific instance to address the educational issue, with all the actors, Unicef, us, Unesco, student centers, parent centers, that is, everything that would ultimately involve a logic of an educational community looking at this point”, Muñoz said in an interview with Radio Universo.
“This really is a country tragedy, that is, when you have children, imagine that they entered the school and could not see their classmates, that is, the little children of kindergarten, first grade, second grade, who spent these two years they didn't learn anything”, he added.
“The levels of learning are brutal, but not only of reading, writing and mathematics to put it in academic terms, but everything that involves the bond in the generation of one's own, but collective identity, socialization, everything this issue is particularly critical and without a doubt learning too”, added Muñoz.
In this line, the defender of Children directly summoned President Gabriel Boric, so that he prioritizes the issue.
“I sincerely believe that here President Boric has to take a definition that involves putting this issue as a country issue,that just as they are coming together on the subject of security, which is also a very critical issue, this obviously has consequences that are closely related to how a society becomes,”, he pointed out.
& #8220;When you are not capable of guaranteeing children the right to education and all that this entails, considering education as a Human Right and as an enabler of other rights, this should be a highly prioritized issue, and the truth is it's not being like that”, he criticized.
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Regarding violence in schools, Patricia Muñoz also called on the Government to define itself.
< p>“It seems to me that here there should be a definition by President Boric of generating a very broad instance that includes the school communities in their entirety, that involves children and adolescents as protagonists, as well as parents, supporters, teachers, who have played a very important role,” she said.
Likewise, the defender pointed out her criticism of the Ministry of Education, describing it as “insufficient” the actions of the Executive until now.
“I believe that it is not being intersectoral enough for the purposes of being able to tend to the changes that involve, something far beyond what happens in the classroom, and that has to do with the environments of self-development in that space, but also in the family and social environment”, he lashed out.