Orlando Pérez, head of the Bolivarian Teachers' Association,
Thursday in a news conference proposed deleting article 106
of the Venezuelan Constitution providing for private education.
"Since education is a human right, the State cannot delegate
private institutions to teach. The State has to take full
responsibility for the education process, and this process
should be comprehensive, beginning with pregnant women."
Pérez, who is also the vice-president of the Institute
for the Prevention and Social Assistance for the Employees
of the Ministry of Education and Sports (Ipasme), claimed
that decentralization has failed to improve teaching. Therefore,
they are proposing greater centralization of education management.
"There is plenty of squander and inefficiency. Mayoralties
and Governors' Offices have failed to improve public education.
The State should hold full control over teaching, but this
calls for a reshuffle in the Ministry of Education," he stressed.
Pérez' association is appearing next March 20th in the
Venezuelan Parliament to file their proposals for the organic
law on education currently under discussion.