The Colombian Congress sinks the reform that guaranteed the fundamental right to education

The Colombian Congress sinks the reform that guaranteed the fundamental right to education
The Colombian Congress sinks the reform that guaranteed the fundamental right to education

The Congress of Colombia has allowed the education reform presented by the Government of Gustavo Petro to sink. The president of the Senate, Iván Name, announced this Wednesday afternoon in dialogue with journalists that the statutory bill, a campaign promise of the president, will not be scheduled or discussed during the session this Thursday, June 20, the last day of Congress sessions in this legislature. With this decision, foreseeable due to the deep political differences between Name and the Executive, and due to the controversy unleashed around the most recent text of the project, the reform that sought to guarantee the right to education for all citizens and at all levels is shelved. .

The only option, remote and almost impossible, is that during Thursday’s debate a change in the agenda is requested, the plenary approves it, the education project is included in it and the senators accept the text as it came out of the House of Representatives. This would avoid a reconciliation between two versions of the project, for which there would no longer be time. It would be repeating what happened with the pension reform in the House last Friday, when it accepted the Senate text – with the difference that in the Senate, where the educational reform is defined, the Government does not have the votes to approve the project. . In fact, the alternative of modifying the order of Thursday’s discussion to vote on the reform has not even been considered by the senators closest to Petro. María José Pizarro, from the Historical Pact and speaker of the project, stated this Wednesday that the reform is falling due to a decision by the opposition, for not allowing debate on the project during any of the first three days of sessions this week. “The statutory education law, with this decision by the opposition, is virtually sunk, practically sunk. There is no time for discussion, there is no time for debate, Pizarro said this Wednesday. And he added: “It’s really a shame that we haven’t been able to pull this off.”

However, the Fecode teachers union, one of the main opponents of the reform and one of the great political supporters of the Executive, has opted for caution after hearing the news. The president of the union, Domingo Ayala, explained from the Plaza de Bolívar that they are suspicious that there is not some last-minute maneuver to include the reform on Thursday’s agenda. “We are facing a Senate that has cheated on us. And as such you have to wait until midnight (…) to be certain that there is no agenda for tomorrow,” he remarked.

Ayala has also commented that the board of directors will meet this afternoon to define what actions to take. Until then, the strike remains in place. “They are beginning to come out from the big press of the oligarchy to say that everything is already consummated and that everyone is going to their own house. No, comrades, here we come to a permanent struggle,” he declared. “We have to be certain to tell the Colombian people that Fecode has fulfilled its historic mission of defending public education,” he concluded, since the union rejects the version agreed upon by official, independent and opposition groups to save the reform in his first debate in the Senate.

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