Photo: Reuters retrieved

After the Madurazo, my mom thought she’d lost her job at the school where she’s been working as a teacher for the past 21 years.

With a raise of 35 times the minimum wage and the prohibition to increase the monthly tuition fees, the owners of the school (located in a historically middle-class sector) wouldn’t have enough money to pay their employees. They thought they’d be forced to shut down, because with their radical opposition leanings it was unthinkable for them to apply for the Venezuelan State to cover the wage hike.

With a raise of 35 times the minimum wage and the prohibition to increase the monthly tuition fees, the school wouldn’t have enough money to pay their employees.

But a miracle happened: The school will keep working and employees will be offered a special bonus to help them survive the crisis. All due to a bizarre phenomenon: most of the nearby schools shut down this year and, consequently, dozens of children have now enrolled in that institution, increasing the student population and the school’s revenue. According to my mom, each classroom will go from an average of 30 students to 50.

The law of the jungle, in this Maracucho wild west.

According to the National Association of Private Education Institutions in Caracas, at least 400 private schools could shut down this year due to the economic crisis that has been hitting the sector for years, which has forced hundreds of children to migrate to public schools.

At least 400 private schools could shut down this year.

However, the public sector doesn’t look good for the 2018-2019 school period either: 3,500 teachers from the Venezuelan Association of Catholic Education have quit, to leave the country or engage in other informal jobs. Fe y Alegría, a movement that provides free education to over 170 schools across the country, reported a drop of over 50% of its students compared to 2017 figures.

According to Noelbis Aguilar, head of the organization’s school department, the previous school year started with 113,000 students from kindergarten to technical high school, a number that had dropped to 90,500 by March because parents were not taking their kids to school. The school year ended on July 31, with 89,218 students.

3,500 teachers from the Venezuelan Association of Catholic Education have quit, to leave the country or engage in other informal jobs.

One of the main reasons parents stopped sending their kids to school is hunger: dozens of children faint in class due to lack of food or proper nutrition. Because of this, every year Fe y Alegría launches a campaign called #UnCuadernoParaFeyAlegría (A notebook for Fe y Alegría) to raise funds for school materials for studentsmany can’t buy them due to hyperinflationand to create food programs.

Susana Raffalli, nutritionist specialized in food management, published a video on her Twitter account where she talks about this issue: “Fe y Alegría is ready to receive them, with their schools, their programs, their teachers, and with a system of nutritional protection.”

“We need our children back in school, because that’s one of the few care and nutrition spaces left,” she says before offering a devastating detail: teachers will also have access to food aid, because they are also victims of hunger and “we have to care for them.”

We need our children back in school, because that’s one of the few care and nutrition spaces left. 


I wonder how much more damage the dictatorship is willing to do to us. Hundreds eat from the garbage or remain imprisoned and tortured in the State’s police dungeons. Thousands of sick patients suffer due to medicine shortages and millions flee the country on foot. Now, our education faces an uncertain destiny.

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36 COMMENTS

  1. An estimated 175m teachers have left their profession in the last 5 years. The school problem is also: lack of: public transport; families’ ability to buy school supplies (notebooks/pencils-pens/etc.), uniforms, shoes, et.al.; adequately-maintained physical school facilities; all exacerbated by curricula focusing on socialism/communism/revisionist Chavism Venezuelan history, as well as teachers forced to cater to the lowest common denominator by not failing anyone (no discrimination against Er Pueblo, pueh).

      • Attendance isn’t really necessary, either–Viva La Revolucion!–Come get your low-cost surgeries in Venezuela (recently Peru examined immigrant Chavez Revolutionary medical doctor surgeon graduates–none had ever practiced surgery on a cadaver, supposedly much less on a living body (before they might make it a cadaver)).

        • I am unable to verify the claim about Peru examining Vz med school graduates and finding none had ever practiced surgery on a cadaver, can you kindly provide a link?

          • Net, I am so thankful for your reliable information regarding the med shool grads from UCAB and USB. The school of medicine must have been recently established at both of these univerisities. I mean, I live in Caracas and did not know about this. I will be applying to both as soon as I send this post…

          • FU, better said, UCV, for example (I realized once typed). Nice to see your valuable aportes to explaining/solving the shitty Venezuelan crisis you live in, and, I’m sure you’re fed up about it, but still living in it for some reason (I know more about it than you, for myriad reasons).

  2. “Venezuelan Schools Face a Pitch-Black Near Future”.

    Not that they were ever any good, anyway.

    Chavismo arrived because the populace was extremely poorly educated, when at all. They were so ignorant, they fell for the Chabestias charismatic lies. Lies that would have been immediately detected with the slightest education. If we had educated the clueless pueblo-people, instilled basic moral values – (which they often lack, thus most of them are so CORRUPT) – Chavismo would have never been so successful for over 20 years now.

    Can the Klepto-Narco Cubazuelan schools get even worse than they’ve always been? Sure! The goal seems to be be the worst of the worst on the planet on every category. Worse than Haiti or Zimbabwe. Genocidal Narco-Dictatorships and Tropical Kleptocracies dislike even semi-educated populaces. They prefer old, clueless, submissive, complicit zombies, and that’s what they been getting.

    • “Chavismo arrived because the populace was extremely poorly educated, when at all.”

      It is probably unnecessary to anyone reading this blog who really cares to say this, but I will say it anyway: you are spouting nonsense.

      I have been the recipient of excellent medical treatment and other services from professionals produced by the Venezuelan public system, as well as the private system. I know many Venezuelan professionals trained in both systems. You will find Venezuelans who have fled or left Venezuela employed in comparable work overseas at the highest levels (including high quality hospitals in the United States, concert halls, professional offices, industry, the list is endless). They include people from families you would consider having been raised in “el pueblo”. They struggle mightily and they suffer greatly under the current conditions in Venezuela, imposed on them by the dictatorship, to maintain the standards of care and service that they know to be appropriate and necessary.

      I don’t know why you keep droning on like this every day, but I do think it reflects on your level of cluelessness, ignorance and complicity.

          • He must have read my comments here a few days ago

            Regarding precisely which of your comments you are referring to, my reply is that on occasion you have had what can be charitably called a faulty memory regarding what you claimed you wrote or what you claim someone else wrote. If you provide a link, I will read or re-read. Until then, your claim that your comments of several days ago paralleled the Ottawa Citizen article is unproven. And will remain so until you provide a link.
            Ciao.

          • I’m surprised you can find comments I made in 2012 but not on Sept 13.

            To be clear, I am not “claiming”- as you put it here- that my comments “paralleled the Ottawa Citizen” article. That’s just you making stuff up. What I said was the international community needs to put pressure on the regime’s supporters: Russia, China and…Cuba!

          • I’m surprised you can find comments I made in 2012 but not on Sept 13.

            Because on more than one occasion you have made bullshit claims about what you or others had stated in this blog- “faulty memory,” indeed- I am not going to waste time tracking down your subsequent undocumented claims about what was written or not written. If you claim you or someone else previously wrote something, please provide documentation. Is that too much to ask? Apparently so, for the Imperial Canucklehead. The word of the Imperial Canucklehead must not be questioned! All others must provide documentation, except for the Imperial Canucklehead 🙂

            If you like more documentation on other examples of -shall we say- your “faulty memory-” I will provide it.

            To be clear, I am not “claiming”- as you put it here- that my comments “paralleled the Ottawa Citizen” article. That’s just you making stuff up.

            I was making AN ATTEMPT TO INTERPRET your comment:

            He must have read my comments here a few days ago

            If you don’t like my attempt at interpreting, then provide documentation to back up your statement: NOT “he must have read my comments,” but an actual LINK to those comments. I repeat my point: if you are going to make a claim about what was previously written on this blog, then DOCUMENT IT. Why should I waste my time trying to track it down when 1) you are too lazy to document it and 2) you have a track record of bullshit claims about who wrote what.

            DOCUMENT IT.
            DOCUMENT IT.

            ¿Me entendés, pana?

  3. Chavismo doesn’t care about the children. It doesn’t care about old people, the sick…. Chavismo doesn’t give the least fuck about anyone.

    Chavismo cares about the Revolution. THAT is what is important. People will come and go. Live and die. But the Revolution MUST endure.

    End of story.

  4. Would you need 25 million people to run oil company+ other smallers business? Maduro only needs 500 000 and others can starve or leave country.

  5. I wonder how much more damage the dictatorship is willing to do to us.

    I wonder how much more the people will endure from the dictator.

    Full disclosure, I expected the people to rebel long before now. The cowardice of the Venezuelan men amazes many people.

    • Lots of those men – Millions – are by now ignorant thieves themselves, accomplices. Others too old. And the repression is brutal for the few brave/honest ones left. They are quickly ratted out by Millions of “pueblo-Spies”

  6. […] The school year just started, and the smell of new school supplies and uniforms didn’t reach the classrooms. For the 14,290 students at Fe y Alegría’s 18 schools in the Lara – Llano area, a solution was found: teacher Alexis Moreno, zone director for Fe y Alegría, said “Our schools won’t demand new materials and uniforms, parents may bring their children however they can.” […]

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