CARACAS, Thursday June 30, 2005 | Update
Without notice or demand, students of Simón Bolivar University,
Metropolitan University and Andrés Bello Catholic University
(UCAB) occupied Wednesday the third floor of the classroom building
in UCAB to begin a 36-hour fast in protest about the education
Student representative to Simón Bolívar University Board of Directors Juansimón Arteaga noted that the move to end Thursday afternoon is intended to apprise the domestic university community of the law effects, particularly on higher education.
Following an "insight" into the instrument, the student delegate underscored positive issues, such as state control and monitoring. However, they "criticized absolutism and state monopoly. Families should be more involved in teaching, and students -the main character- are out."
For her part, student representative to UCAB University Council Carolina Troncone announced that a committee composed of law students Santiago Fontiveros and Carlos Bacalao are working on an alternative bill to show the student vision about future education in Venezuela. Troncone viewed "foggy" issues, such as the "Bolivarian, Robinsonian educational system." Based on this vision, it is not clear whether freedom of thinking set forth in article 102 of the constitution is observed.
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.