A sharp electric crisis that directly affects other services such as water and gas shelved the school year 2018-2019. Schools in Maracaib have gone through national and local diaspora, and rationing that could exceed 6 hours of the plan has hit the educational task for several weeks, especially since March.
The crisis has led to a reduction in working time in public and private schools, which caused the quality of content offered at 5 o'clock in only 3. In some cases, 5 days of teaching per week, they only ran for 3 days.
According to the general equilibrium made by the Venezuelan Teachers' Union (SVM) in the country's educational centers, in this school year just ended, morning shift pupils received only 71 days of teaching, when 200 days for the school calendar were laid down by law, while the afternoon the shift was 56 days, representing "more than 30% absence".
Trade union chairman Edgar Machado explained that after having no public services such as electricity, water and security, "educational units are on the floor" because "boys in this school year could not get 100% of the goals met in each particular case, which means that there will be a lack of cases in the case of a higher year ".
In Maracaibu, institutions had to "surf" the crisis with pedagogical and technical strategies so that they could, over time, implement program content that in many cases required the provision of teachers, pupils, parents and administrators and workers to work without basic conditions.
After visiting the PANORAMA school in the capital Zulia, it was possible to imagine that despite the end of the school year, quality was not the same as in other years, it was desertion, or even teachers had to make significant sacrifices, and others decided to resign in mid period.
"There has been some difficulty with the clashes and the falls, and a few air conditioners have been damaged." The distribution of water has collapsed and it has forced us to spend in tanks, "said José Severeyn, Santa María Goretti school principal, located in the Bolivar parish.
The schools were forced to adjust their schedules. "It was a couple of weeks when the lectures ended at 10 o'clock in the morning," Severeyn said as a case, since switching off the clock cut off the school day in the morning.
Bolivar National Elementary School Cristobal Mendoza, near the El Saladillo Tower, began the year with approximately 560 students, but culminated in 542, said Ledys Torres, deputy director, who pointed out that despite all the "commitment of staff" school was allowed to move forward so as not to stop teaching.
In the Nuestra Señora de la Mercedes school, which belongs to the Venezuelan Catholic Education Association (Avec), "since March, the teaching was very beaten, although we did not close, but due to the lack of water, electricity and transportation there were high inconsistencies," said Mariela Montiel , Director.
The school began with a schooling period of 339 students, and in the last months 20 retired, and seven cases never returned to the institution, and at least one of them dropped. Only two juveniles are involved for the new period.
After a visit to the schools in Caracas, the Venezuelan Teachers' Association resulted in a daily exodus of six to four teachers in 580 schools in the District's capital throughout the school year, resulting in a total of 2,004 teachers who left their positions this year,
After March 7, there was a blackmail on the state level, "about 18,000 teachers were dismissed across the country because of the crisis in the education sector that is deepened by reducing school hours," they said from the union.
In the Instagram questionnaire, readers are asked how they rate the recently completed school year. The answers were irresistible.
Emma Bueno (@ emmabueno6) described it as "awesome" and "complete failure": no light, no transportation, no complementary staff, no water and no cash, little food in homes and with no motivation students. In short, a catastrophic war.
Also, representative of Roalny Molin (@ roman2322) said he was "awesome" because in his case he had "invested more with private teachers" and said students in the middle of the crisis went "very badly prepared" for the next grade. "He cope with other parents, saying he was" overwhelmed. "Despite this," it's good that the boys of this new era have come up with a very high IQ, "he said.
The Unok Marabine Rite Urribarrí (@ritaurribarriolarte) "did not complete the fourth grade (primary education) due to lack of light and water."
On the other hand, @_marymq said that "if they do not solve an electrical problem, the next school year will be the same or worse."
The cost of tuition is an aspect that worries many parents. Marisela Romero (@ mariselita5) has been charged 116,000 Bs for enrollment of three students in a country where 40,000 is earned per month, where you get 76,000 missing bills? "This is a disaster!" In other private schools, registration and monthly payments are many more or are expressed in dollars.