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With incidents outside, the creation of UniCABA is being discussed in the Buenos Aires legislature – November 22, 2013

While out of a group of demonstrators confronted by police, Buenosheim legislature debated this Thursday's session on a project created by UniCABA, a training school in Buenos Aires, which will replace 29 state-run institutions that exist until now

Early in the day, a small group of protesters identified by the flags of the MST pulled out a fence and confronted the local police, who responded by throwing peppers. In addition, some opposition MPs went out to support the protest.

Legislation is completely enclosed and all approaches are cut off. There is a lot of police presence, with anti-riot trucks and patrol vehicles.

Maximiliano Ferrara, Lawmaker Younos and head of the Education Commission explained to Clarin that this project aims to "improve and try to have educational policies to give priority to teacher training. It has two objective objectives, one for to determine the objective objectives of the rights and obligations of the Ministry of Education and teacher training institutions, as well as the construction of a system of evaluation and statistics. We want to build a culture of evaluation. "

Meanwhile, Education Minister Buenos Aires, Soledad Akunya, criticized the protests: "The education community is something else, today it is in classroom teaching and learning, the group that shouts loudly, but there is a great majority that agrees with," confirmed in the Miter radio.

Controversy comes from last year: when last November the government headed Horacio Rodríguez Larreta He presented the project, challenged the rejection and resistance in state and private professors and the Church (in charge of 20 institutes), since this implied his dissolution.

After the negative reactions, the government changed this initiative and this year sent a second version of the project to the legislature. However, it is also rejected by students and teachers.

Discussions between protesters and city police. (Luciano Tiberger)

Discussions between protesters and city police. (Luciano Tiberger)

The keys to the project

A new university for teacher education was created, UniCABA, which will co-exist with existing teacher training institutes or teachers. Thus, those who want to train teachers can choose between this public university and the offer of higher, public and private ones.

– The new one UniCABA will be organized in the course of 2019. In the first months of the next year, the normalization and driving team will be appointed, which will have to elaborate the institutional project and follow the procedures for habilitation. The first registrations will begin in the second semester of 2019, and the first students will begin their studies in 2020.

– Process on assessment of teachers. They will create the first evaluation agency – with the participation of the teaching staff – whose mission will be to define the indicators, standards and indicators of the tests. This agency will be led by Mariano Palamidesi, current director of the National Institute for Educational Evaluation of Uruguay.

– Private institutes will not be obliged to use the administrative computer system that also establishes the project, which 29 teachers from the state will have to adapt. This digital platform will allow authorities to know the number of students and teachers the teachers have. Private teachers may continue to use their systems as long as they send the requested information to the authorities: this information is crucial because the entry is related to subsidies.

Incidents before the legislature. (Luciano Tiberger)

Incidents before the legislature. (Luciano Tiberger)

– Opposition legislators question the project. They argue that they adhere to arguments for hierarchy and modernization, but in reality they are trying to slowly destroy public teachers by disassembling them and deforming them with the creation of a university. For experts consulted by Clarin, this project is better than the first draft presented last year, but they point out that the conflict and lack of dialogue meant an opportunity to build an initiative with greater consensus.

The opposition did not get a quorum to deal with its own initiative

On the other hand, Lthe opposition bloc in Buenos Aires legislature they failed to collect a quorum necessary for dealing with a series of educational files at a special session.

Called at 10 in the morning, it was expected that the special session would not prosper due to a lack of quorum, something that finally became apparent after 10.30, when the first vice-president of the body, Francisco Quintana, he raised it with accounting for only 25 lawmakers in the circumstances of 31 necessary for holding sessions.

The chairman of the ruling bloc, Agustin Forcheri, sent a note to say that he would not be added to the "Vimus News", which ruled out the possibility of holding the session.

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