Fecode summons the National Board to define strike due to statutory education law

Fecode summons the National Board to define strike due to statutory education law
Fecode summons the National Board to define strike due to statutory education law

This Friday, Fecode rejected the consensus that the Government reached with the opposition parties to unblock the draft statutory education law.

Photo: El Espectador – Mauricio Alvarado

The Executive Committee of the Colombian Federation of Educators (Fecode), the main teachers’ union, announced a virtual National Meeting on June 10 around the draft statutory education law and the health situation in the territories.

(Read: Fecode rejects the statutory education law: “The essence of the right is distorted”)

This Friday (June 7) Fecode rejected the consensus that the Government reached with the opposition parties to unblock the draft statutory education law that was approved in the third debate in the Senate on June 5 and that now only awaits a debate to become law.

In the statement in which it convenes the National Board, Fecode points out that “the different groups reconciled a text that distorts the essence, spirit and recognition of the fundamental right to education, guaranteed and financed by the State.”

(Read: National University: this is the academic calendar for the remainder of 2024)

Furthermore, in the letter issued this Friday in which it rejected the consensus, the union stated that the project was not consulted with them, and that, on the contrary, “several proposals that we promptly filed in the development were ignored. of the debates, with the purpose of being discussed and incorporated, as stated in the parliamentary process, absurd and regressive proposals were surprisingly included that completely distort the recognition of the fundamental right to education.

Among the proposals that Fecode points out is the supposed creation of school vouchers or “vaucher” that “clearly enable the privatization and commercialization of education under the pretext of improving quality and the fallacy of participation.” Furthermore, says the union, the agreed project “denies the mandatory nature of the transition, kindergarten and pre-kindergarten grades” and creates what they call “unnecessary bureaucratic apparatus for inspection, surveillance and control, such as the Superintendency of Education,” when According to what they say, the Ministry of Education already has these powers.

(Read: National University: Múnera takes office as rector. CSU discusses academic calendar)

The union asked the Government not to allow the approval of the project, despite the fact that it was the Minister of Education herself, Aurora Vergara, who celebrated the agreement with the opposition that allowed the approval of the project in the third debate.

 
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