December 10, 2013
13 BA schools occupied, students conflict at stalemate
Buenos Aires City students seem to have decided to take the ongoing conflict with the administration of Mayor Mauricio Macri over the education reform –literally- into their own hands. 13 schools have been occupied so far while authorities are already threatening with sanctions.
State-run schools are the Mariano Acosta, the Nacional Buenos Aires, the Carlos Pellegrini, the Normal 11, the Normal 1, the Comercial 8, the Liceo 1, the Escuela de Danzas 1 and 2, the Bellas Artes Rogelio Yrurtia, the Normal 9, the Claudia Falcone and the Lenguas Vivas.
Head of the Student Council of the Carlos Pellegrini school Hernán Shujman told reporters the takeovers have been ratified and announced a protest to be staged on Thursday starting at the BA City Education Ministry and ending at the national office.
Students oppose to the implementation of curriculum changes that will reduce orientation programs as well as hours of instructional time in key subjects such as History and Geography under the so called “New Quality High-School” program launched by Macri’s government.
The conflict began last year –more than 40 schools were occupied- and a court ruling ordered local authorities to extend the effectiveness of the reform till 2014. Not only students say changes are already being implemented but demand to take part in the debate.