Students and teachers of the national teachers’ union, ASN, rallied on Monday outside the country’s national government headquarters in central Buenos Aires to demand that the country overhaul its education system, after the school system was plunged into chaos in December.
In a letter sent to Prime Minister Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the teachers’ federation called for her resignation, saying the system has become a “failed system that does not serve the majority.”
They have no power over the education system in Argentina, they are merely a pawn in the game of politics, the federation said in the letter, which was obtained by The Associated Press on Sunday.
The letter said the union is ready to mobilize against the government if necessary.
“The crisis of education is very real and serious,” the union said in its letter, published in a bilingual edition of the newspaper La Nacion.
“The teachers’ unions represent all Argentine citizens and students, and they must be recognized for their essential role.”
Fernándiz de KirChner said in a statement Sunday that she had called for an inquiry into the “horrendous” situation that has resulted in “the destruction of the students’ lives.”
She also promised a new education system and that schools would be opened for students in need.
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They have no control over the educational system in the country, they’re merely a pariah in politics.
The federation said the government has failed to fulfill its responsibility to protect students from the damage caused by the current system.
The country is grappling with a national strike by teachers over the failure of the government to address the problems in schools.
Students are demanding better school conditions and a longer school day.
The Argentine government says the strikes are being organized by right-wing political groups, and has accused them of trying to discredit the government.
Students, who make up roughly a third of the countrys total population, have been staging protests for months over a number of issues, including poverty and the poor conditions in schools and other public facilities.
They are demanding changes in the education and health systems and the implementation of social programs.
The teachers’ strike began in December in response to the government’s failure to address shortages of basic materials, including food, medicine and basic supplies.