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Chile: 'Education is in crisis' - Thousands of Santiago students demand free university02:25

Chile: 'Education is in crisis' - Thousands of Santiago students demand free university

Chile, Santiago
April 11, 2017 at 21:50 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of students took to the streets of Santiago, Tuesday, to protest against an education reform bill, which they argued would fail to overhaul Chile's expensive education system.

As the protest escalated, the demonstrators hurled stones at the police. In turn, the police deployed tear gas and water cannon to disperse the crowd.

The education bill introduced by President Michelle Bachelet is expected to expand access to free university education, with the number of beneficiaries depending on the country's economic growth in a given year. However, a number of student organisations condemn the bill for scaling down a number of promised reforms, which were set to guarantee universal access to free public education amid the country's deepening education crisis. The Education Committee of the lower house of Chile's Congress is due to vote on the bill later on Tuesday, which if passed, would be sent further to the floor for debate.

Chile: 'Education is in crisis' - Thousands of Santiago students demand free university02:25
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Thousands of students took to the streets of Santiago, Tuesday, to protest against an education reform bill, which they argued would fail to overhaul Chile's expensive education system.

As the protest escalated, the demonstrators hurled stones at the police. In turn, the police deployed tear gas and water cannon to disperse the crowd.

The education bill introduced by President Michelle Bachelet is expected to expand access to free university education, with the number of beneficiaries depending on the country's economic growth in a given year. However, a number of student organisations condemn the bill for scaling down a number of promised reforms, which were set to guarantee universal access to free public education amid the country's deepening education crisis. The Education Committee of the lower house of Chile's Congress is due to vote on the bill later on Tuesday, which if passed, would be sent further to the floor for debate.

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