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Bricomiles Raise Suspicions in Venezuelan Society

By Diálogo Américas — Julieta Pelcastre Sep 21, 2022 “A teacher cannot go to a barracks to clean it up. So, it’s wrong for a service member to go arrange a school, when the foundation of a school has logics and characteristics […] that a military officer […] is hardly going to understand,” Carlos Trapani, lawyer and chair of the Venezuelan Community Learning Center (Cecodap) told  Diálogo  on August 29. “Annexing the new brigades to the Armed Forces generates suspicions.”

¿Quieres recibir nuestro exclusivo boletín informativo en tu correo? ¡Suscríbete a #BoletinPatilla! T hese are not tasks that fall onto the FANB, the Venezuelan civil association Control Ciudadano said in a statement. In addition, “the FANB is synonymous with narcotrafficking and corruption,” Venezuelan newspaper  La Vanguardia  reported.

Doctrinal influence Political activism and allegiance have been affecting the country’s public education system since Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan platform  Alianza Nacional Todos por la Educación  (All for National Alliance for Education) said. There is evidence of partisan participation within the educational system as the forced display of portraits and sculptures of Chávez and Maduro demonstrate, the group says.  

On its Facebook page, Argentine group  El Cipayo , which tracks and condemns social injustices, posted a video where a military man is seen teaching children at a school slogans such as: “Chávez lives, the homeland continues.”  

“It’s not a viable option to include service members in the classroom. A service member does not have the pedagogical tools for this. The service member goes into the logic of [martial] order; that logic does not work in the school,” Trapani said

By Diálogo Américas — Julieta Pelcastre Sep 21, 2022 “A teacher cannot go to a barracks to clean it up. So, it’s wrong for a service member to go arrange a school, when the foundation of a school has logics and characteristics […] that a military officer […] is hardly going to understand,” Carlos Trapani, lawyer and chair of the Venezuelan Community Learning Center (Cecodap) told  Diálogo  on August 29. “Annexing the new brigades to the Armed Forces generates suspicions.”

¿Quieres recibir nuestro exclusivo boletín informativo en tu correo? ¡Suscríbete a #BoletinPatilla! T hese are not tasks that fall onto the FANB, the Venezuelan civil association Control Ciudadano said in a statement. In addition, “the FANB is synonymous with narcotrafficking and corruption,” Venezuelan newspaper  La Vanguardia  reported.

Doctrinal influence Political activism and allegiance have been affecting the country’s public education system since Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan platform  Alianza Nacional Todos por la Educación  (All for National Alliance for Education) said. There is evidence of partisan participation within the educational system as the forced display of portraits and sculptures of Chávez and Maduro demonstrate, the group says.  

On its Facebook page, Argentine group  El Cipayo , which tracks and condemns social injustices, posted a video where a military man is seen teaching children at a school slogans such as: “Chávez lives, the homeland continues.”  

“It’s not a viable option to include service members in the classroom. A service member does not have the pedagogical tools for this. The service member goes into the logic of [martial] order; that logic does not work in the school,” Trapani said.

“We always receive through WhatsApp groups orders from the Ministry [the Peoples Ministry of Education] to teach history as the regime wants,” a teacher from a public school in Nueva Esparta state told independent Venezuelan platform  La Tv Calle .

Basic enrollment dropped from 7.70 to 6.49 million students between 2018 and 2021. School absenteeism is linked to the socioeconomic factors that characterize the deep humanitarian crisis that the country is going through, Caracas’ Andrés Bello Catholic University (UCAB) indicates on its website.  

The total number of active primary education teachers went from 669,000 to 502,000 during the same timeframe, UCAB says. It is estimated that teacher desertion has been around 98,300 — 68,000 of which have emigrated from the country due to regime’s policies.

In view of this scenario, tutoring outside schools has become an alternative. Almost 30 percent of school-age children, between 6 and 16 years old, receive an alternative form of education, Peruvian newspaper  Gestión  reported.  

“You can create the best school infrastructure, but there are not enough teachers to meet the demand of children,” Trapani said. “There are unmotivated teachers who are deeply affected by […] the meager salaries and military meddling.”  

Since 1997, Venezuela has not received any international assessment to measure and compare student learning in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and science, according to the magazine  Debates  of Venezuelan business school, Institute of advanced Management Studies.

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