April 19, 2014

Buenos aires city

Friday, December 27, 2013

No vacancies for 17,000 students

Near 17,000 online registrations for 2014’s BA City public schools were granted no vacancy at all, according to City Education Ministry statistics reported yesterday in a court hearing.

In the meantime, only 4,100 out of the 4,800 irregularities cases recognized by City Hall were solved during the last December, days before the end of the term.

Judge Osvaldo Otheguy summoned the local Education Ministry authorities following an injunction request filed by City General Ombudsman and UTE education workers union.

Legal representatives from both plaintiffs together with three parents and City officials took part in the hearing but journalists were not authorized to enter by court order. No audio or video records were allowed either.

Since the online registering system was introduced, City Hall received a total of 69,000 registration requests while local government authorities totalled 52,000 positive responses.

That left out a total of 17,000 students without assigned vacancies for the 2014 term. Taking into consideration that the Education portfolio only received 4,800 complaints from parents, questions remained about the other 12,000 cases, Ombudsman office head Mario Kestelboim told state-run news agency Télam.

“We believe that many of those parents, in a bid to solve their children’s situation on the eve of the holidays, finally decided to register them in private schools”, Kestelboim added.

The civil rights watchdog agency’s head also pointed out that the other 4,100 cases solved by City Hall were settled through direct registration taking out an already assigned vacancy.

Both UTE and Ombudsman’s representatives will ask the court to name a special judge during the judicial recess to continue solving the online registration problem before February.

Herald with online media.

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