45% of Teachers Have Left the Classroom

Photo: Provea

If you thought things were bad, consider the future Venezuela will have when children’s education and development are compromised by understaffed schools (both public and private) all over the country. How will we get back on track if the generation of teachers that will take over is unprepared?

Many teachers just left their posts in public schools without a formal resignation, and 60% of private school teachers followed suit. This is according to a statement from Javier Tarazona, chairman of the Venezuelan College of Teachers and also Director of the REDES foundation, given to Analitica in February.

It’s not enough that we ask the government’s attention, now it’s necessary to insist in the need for a humanitarian channel.

While most of desertion is observed in the private sector (the wage is significantly lower here than in public schools), in Táchira state a total of 600 resignations have arrived to the state’s Education offices.

The reason teachers are leaving? Money. “(Salaries) don’t cover the basic needs like food or health expenses”, according to Tarazona.

The Venezuelan College of Teachers is asking that international organisms provide teachers the refugee status. “The setting is pretty dark. It’s not enough that we ask the government’s attention (which we do on a regular basis), now it’s necessary to insist in the need for a humanitarian channel, and ask the UN, the OAS and the international community to provide the refugee status to every teacher or Venezuelan citizen who has left the country looking to fulfill their needs and improve their quality of life.”

We not only have to worry about over a million kids being off school, we also have to worry about the understaffed schools tending to kids struggling to be at school.

The picture looks grim.

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    • Look, it’s our role and our responsibility to chronicle the crisis. (Clue’s in the site title!)

      Trust me there’s no one who’d like to have less depressing crap to report than me. But this is Venezuela’s reality today and our duty is to tell that story.

      • Curiosa (y acertada) respuesta a un simple “Ain’t it Awful”… Si ahora le escribo un par de párrafos con mis impresiones sobre el país me imagino que no tendría tanta suerte como Pedro José… En cualquier caso, gracias por el artículo y la información que regularmente facilitan aquí.

      • Yes I get it. We all get it.

        While I appreciate the great writing and reporting on CC. The consumption of too much “depressing crap” leads to the loss of all hope. Without hope all is lost. If there is no hope why should anyone continue read CC. What would be the point?

        The “depressing crap” is low hanging fruit. All you need to do is look out the window of any abode in Caracas and there it is. I’ve read many stories on the plight of teachers and the education system in Venezuela. This is just one of a 1000+ “depressing crap” stories that have been written over the last 6 months by CC and others..

        I do have a little hope left and still believe that there are good stories that can also be written and posted. Small rays of light that can maintain hope and faith that things in Venezuela eventually will get better. One small point of light for every 1000+ low hanging fruit “depressing crap” black stories,

        I’ve seen and heard of stories on teachers staying in the class room working to find creative ways to teach, families and neighbors helping each other with food, medicine, transport and other needs. There are many people outside of the country trying to help those that remain behind with food, medicine and other needs. These could be written as an uplifting stories. What about the medical students that set up aid stations for injured protestors? These are all small points of light in a vast sea of darkness doom and gloom that can help in keeping hope and faith alive.

        What about setting a goal of 1 positive ray of light story a week? This could be enough to encourage people to keep hope alive and not fall into the depression of all is lost.It would allow your readers a few minutes to get away from “Ain’t It Afwul” depressing crap and help build a ray of hope that things can change.

  1. There’s a solution to this, and it begins with the inexorable and unavoidable first step:


    Anyone who disagrees will propose “bending to the regime for cohabitation” and must be labeled as a nazi-communist traitor.

  2. Interesting story. It was just this morning that I commented to my woman that while public school is open next door, I bet there’s less than 50% attendance based on the numbers of parents and kids walking in front of our place on a daily basis as compared to last year.

    We’ve got a number of teachers as clients here, I’ll dig a bit deeper to hear what they have to say.

    If I’m correct that there are far fewer students in classes these days, I’ll bet part of it has to do with the lack of basic food products in the pueblo. Takes calories to walk to and from school every day.

    Also, I’d have thought salaries of private school teachers would have exceeded that of public.

  3. It isn’t just the 1mm+ not studying, it’s the 60/+% (?) that usually don’t finish high school education, even though Chavista teachers are literally forced to pass them to higher levels, or else….GLORIA AL BRAVO PUEBLO….

  4. Okay, just spoke with the first maestra from next door. She says numbers are down here, but nothing like in the very rural areas and from what she hears in the big cities. Here she noted, the town is big enough to support a decent-sized student population but still small enough that most students can walk to class.

    In very rural areas and in the larger cities, the distances between home and school can be much greater, often requiring transportation. I think we all know where this leads. The transportation sector here is worse by the day.

    She claimed that teachers from here that are sent to some of these rural schools are reporting that where they had 20 or 25 students in class before, are now seeing literally 3 or 4 students on a given day.

    Lack of food, lack of transportation, and also she said a lack of clothing and shoes (now extremely expensive for the average Venezuelan) is also keeping students from attending class. So, in a nutshell, Venezuelans are getting poorer, dumber, and skinnier but god dammit they got Patria!

    I guess looking for the silver lining, since kids aren’t eating much these days, they’re not growing like weeds and so won’t outgrow their clothing so fast.

    Ain’t socialism great?

    • Yeah, it certainly was annoying seeing Ven. barrio children taller than oneself–but, no more in the future–back to the historical mean….

      • One thing I bet hurts the average Venezeulan to his core is not being able to wear the clean clothes he once wore.

        One thing I noted when I first arrived here was that it didn’t matter if the people were coming down out of the worst-lookng barrios to pile onto buses, they were always well-dressed in clean clothing and neatly-groomed. White pants with no smudges, bright colors, always looking like they’d just come out of a washing machine or off the clothes lines. Venezuelans always struck me as being clean freaks, almost to a fault.

        Not so today for many of them. Not only can they not afford the detergent to wash their clothes, here locally they’re forced to cook over a fogon because there’s often a lack of gas so you can imagine the fragrance of smoke.

          • We still don’t even have running water here in town, I’ll be long dead before gas lines are ever laid.

            The actual supply of bombonas doesn’t seem that bad of a problem to me as I rarely hear anyone complaining about not being able to find one. The complaint is often that there’s no gas arriving.

            This town has gas delivered both by a private truck and by a government truck. The government truck delivers gas that’s practically free to the residents while the private guy has to earn an actual living, pay employees, and maintain his truck so he charges accordingly.

            The problem is that the free stuff often doesn’t show. When that happens, the private guy gets stopped as he’s entering town and almost has to fend people off in order to complete his rounds…..and usually runs out of full cannisters long before doing so.

            A few years ago we roasted coffee by the quintal here at the house for grinding and sale to our customers in the bodega. For that work I purchased 5 of the largest bombonas available in order to always have enough gas on hand to roast coffee.

            Today we’re buying coffee already roasted and ground but those large cylinders sure come in handy. They not only last a lot longer than the others, but few people have them here in town so the private truck almost always has a few of them on-hand, full, while he often runs out of the mediums and smalls before he gets to us.

            We don’t even bother with the PDVSA-gas truck. They distribute in the plaza and people line up for hours in advance. Can you believe it? A huge line of people waiting in line in Venezuela for something that’s practically free!

        • Oh, man:

          My wife almost cut my balls off one day when I wanted to go out in a pair of cut-off jeans/shorts in Caracas. You know, not hemmed or anything. Just cut with a scissor.

          This was and still is an acceptable fashion in most of the world. It doesn’t indicate poverty or want. But…

          This isn’t unique to VZ. I experienced the same thing in the DR, and I assume it’s the same throughout LatAm.

          Dressing “properly” is important to signaling your status.

          • LOL Ira!!!! I’ve received the same treatment.

            Her: No way in hell you’re going to go out dressed like that.

            Me: Why not, I don’t know anyone here, besides, I don’t give a fuck.

            You nailed it, it’s status symbol.

            I walked in on her cutting up one of my favorite shirts one day. WTF? Her response was that it had a tiny hole in it and I couldn’t be seen in public wearing such a thing.

            And it’s not only the clothes, but the telephone you carry too. Sometimes I think your phone is more important than how much money you have or the house you live in.

            I carry a piece of crap phone that’s so old I recall paying 800 bs for it. A caramelo today is running 3,000 bs. She cringes every time I whip it out to exchange phone numbers with someone.

            One thing’s for certain though, no one follows me around hoping to steal my phone. LOL

  5. Soon enough, our glamorous Mademoiselle Iris Varela will be the most educated and sophisticated lady left in Klepto-Narco Cubazuela. Which is why I insist she should join the brightest, finest Gentleman we now have to offer, Monsieur Henri Falconetti, and become our next Banana Revolution First Lady.

  6. How is this for a “feel good” story:

    “Relatives leave corpse in front of the Mayor of Turén, Portugesa for lack of resources for burial”


    “Relatives left the corpse of Francisco Arrollo, 58 years old in front of the Mayor’s Office of Turén, in the Portuguese state, after the mayor, Onofrio Cavallo, denied financial aid to cover funeral expenses. The Iranian journalist Acosta reported via Twitter that the relatives of the seller of bambinos in Turén asked the mayor for financial support, however, from the City Council said “they had no resources to allocate for these purposes.”

    “The disappointment of the relatives transcends when seeing that the Mayorship organized a party in honor to the anniversary of the population, and it was that reason what impelled to leave the corpse in front of the Municipal Palace wrapped in one of the awnings that would use for this celebration.”

  7. The BBC is reporting that your elections have been pushed back to May based on agreements reached with minor parties to provide guarantees. Just the messenger is all I am.

    • Then they’re really feeling the pressure and trying to put lipstick on the this pig. Good luck with that. Rex, you’re next.

  8. Wow. Things are getting heated here!

    But getting back to the story, it’s important to report this. It highlights not just the educational tragedy taking place, but yet another absurdity:

    That somehow, teachers feel they should be granted special asylum status, while everyone else in the country is equally starving.

    More important, so many public school teachers who remained after 1999 did so waving his or her Chavista flag. They happily taught the new Hugo “curriculum.”

    But NOW they’re crying.

    • Yeah, a lot of these whining teachers deserve what they are getting. Many helped brainwash an entire generation of Chavistoide little Zombies with Banana Rebolusion crap. Imagine the average Chavista math teacher: ”
      -” Atencion, niños y niñas, 2 por 2?”
      -“4 Guisos para el pueblo”. “Muy bien, viva el Comandante Eterno!”
      -“15 dividido por 3?”
      – “5 tigres pa’ los panas!”
      -“Raiz cuadrada de 100 hectareas?”
      – “Expropiese, burguesito e’ mierda!”


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