Chile: Michelle Bachelet announces free higher education
For months, students demonstrate in Chile desperate for a better education system – now the President Michelle Bachelet has announced a free higher education for more than half of all students.
The Chilean head of state Michelle Bachelet has reacted to the student protests of the past months: The controversial head of government announced a free higher education for the poorest students. ґ
In Santiago and other cities, there was lately in protests for educational reform repeatedly to violence, people died.
Bachelet wants to implement an election promise of 2013. Initially, around 60 percent of the students benefit from next year of the scheme, 2017 shall then be 70 percent. By 2020, everyone should be able to study for free in Chile. An Act to come in the second half of this year.
Bachelet is currently at its lowest ebb of popularity. Several corruption scandals have tarnished the reputation of the President. Now she is trying to bring this confidence crisis under control. Earlier this month it called on all its ministers to resign in order to rebuild the government.