Henrique Capriles Radonski has made education a key element of both his work as Governor of Miranda and his upcoming campaign for President. During an opening of a new school in the town of Cupira, he said:
“Every new school that we build or recover, multiply the chances of progress for our children and grand-children… …education is a passport to the future and a shield aganist poverty.”
Education in Venezuela faces huge problems: students dropping out, teachers protesting over salaries, lack of infrastructure, and the push for ideology, among others. But for some time now, the school system is now facing bigger threats: crime and violence.
In the state of Carabobo, at least 15 schools are vandalized monthly. One school in the town of Yagua has been robbed four times in a single month. Vandals take advantage of relaxed security. Violence in classrooms and playgrounds is the new normal.
It can be said that is just a symptom of the crisis we’re suffering. But the fact is the worsening of this problem along with the lack of actions by the authorities, represent a scorched earth policy against current and future generations of Venezuelans.