More demonstrations over tuition fees in Chile

loudspeaker3Police in the Chilean capital, Santiago, this week broke up another demonstration against a proposed piece of education legislation.

Students in Chile have been demanding tuition-free university education since 2011 and, despite promising reform of the sector, the country’s president, Michelle Bachelet, has not yet delivered.
One of her election promises was to make university free for all, but the poor state of the economy has thrown up problems in bringing this about.

The country’s education system still harks back to the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship where for-profit educational institutions were encouraged and public education was greatly diminished.

Read more here from Santiago Times

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