Reaction Paper

The article “Minister sends bill to allow citizen participation in education reform.” Published on the Santiago Times on July 8th, 2014 states that the Chilean minister of education sent a new law project that will modified some aspects that prohibit citizens to participate in the educational reform. The draft is part of the government’s National Citizen Participation Plan, which consists on give more power to the people in public reforms. Not only the student’s leaders celebrate the effort from the government, but also they criticize them because this some promises in the past were not efficient or concrete. In that sense Nicolas Eyzaguirre emphasizes the political will that president Bachelet has. This law project avoid some articles which are in the constitution since the Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship period. So students leaders said that they need concrete acts and signals to trust in the government’s solutions.
I think that the article shows a Chilean reality on educational problems. That is because Chilean society for many years were claiming for free education and for many reforms in order to rehearse the public educational system. They were demanding a whole new law project about education. So Chileans needs more power in the final decisions in the educational context.  As a result, the ministry of education sent a bill that modifies a law that continues up today. This law had banned people to participate in law projects and any decision that would be involved in education. But as the article’s author quoted, The FECh President Melissa Sepúlveda said that they were not sure if the ministry would do it. That is a critical point in Chilean social movements; Politicians say that they warrant a change and agree with keeping talking about a reform in education. However, the government and politicians apparently forget their hopeful promises.

Nicolas Eyzaquirre said that they have the political will to do as much changes that they need. But Confech do not trust in words, they trust in real compromises as meetings and more student’s participation in decisions that involved the educational reform. And that is a fear that many of us have in Chile. We feel that our rights are not appreciated, because when any decision has to be realized politicians were stronger than students or common people’s rights. In some way there is a feeling that politicians are happy with today’s law, so they are happy with the old law. So I think that the article shows the reality exactly the same as the real circumstances in Chile. We do not need more “political will”. We need more power in making decisions and discussing what type of education we think is better for new generations.