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Weekly Report - 07 July 2016 (WR-16-26)

CHILE: Bachelet’s education reform roundly rejected

Hundreds of university students defied the authorities by staging an unauthorised march in Santiago on 5 July to protest against the long-awaited final instalment of the education reform designed by the government led by President Michelle Bachelet. Students accuse Bachelet of reneging on a campaign promise to introduce universal free university education, the principal cause of their protest actions since 2011. The draft proposal sent to congress by the Bachelet administration a day earlier contains an ambitious outline for how free education could be reached but it is predicated on economic growth figures which might not be obtained for many years if ever.

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