Minister: education councils aim to bring up "the new citizen" in Venezuela
Venezuelan Minister of Education Maryann Hanson remarked that the proposed education councils were widely subject to consultations in three different occasions since 1998
She remarked that the proposal to create education councils was subject to consultations in three different occasions since 1998. Further, she said, it has been revised and approved by President Hugo Chávez. Therefore, claims stating that the measure was imposed are not valid, she added.
She admitted that communal councils would be allowed to take part in education councils; however, the minister denied that communal councils were a representation of pro-government ruling party United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).
Hanson stressed that disagreements over the implementation of education councils were due to the fact that previous administrations fostered representative democracy, whereas the current government boosts participatory democracy. "This model (education councils) is based on participatory democracy, pursuant to constitutional principles," the minister said.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."