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The deputy of the National Assembly (AN) of Nicaragua, Walmaro Gutiérrez, assured this Friday that the National Council of Universities (CNU) guarantees the educational continuity of young people belonging to the centers that lost their legal status due to irregularities.


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In an exclusive interview for teleSUR, the president of the AN's Production, Economy and Budget Commission commented that "we believe that it was a correct measure and adjusted to the law. And the most important thing is that the girls and boys are guaranteed that this This decision will not affect the continuity of your studies from any point of view".

The parliamentarian affirmed that the measure announced by the CNU will allow students to have "a reduction and readjustment of fees, because now the fees that they are going to have to pay are not going to be like those paid to these merchants of education, but that they will be directly linked to the real costs of their university education and will be protected by the State through the CNU".

The president of the CNU, Ramona Rodríguez, reported that five higher education centers had their legal status canceled for not complying with legal obligations, among them are the Polytechnic University of Nicaragua, the Catholic University of the Dry Tropic, and the Nicaraguan University of Humanistic Studies. , Popular University of Nicaragua and the Paulo Freire University.

Gutiérrez indicated that the measure was taken after the AN received a law initiative, with a referral from the Ministry of the Interior, the entity in charge of following up on the good practices of approved non-governmental organizations, warning about some educational entities "that had incurred for more than ten years in a practice completely at odds with the law and the right".

He referred to Law 147, which dates back to 1992, and stipulates a series of provisions that are mandatory for all non-governmental organizations, including those of an educational nature. "In this case, there is evidence that these centers did not comply with different provisions established by the law on the matter," he said.

Among the infractions committed are the failure to present their financial statements, records of the donations they receive and the formation of the boards of directors. "The AN reviewed the documentation of the case, saw that it gave merit to all the proposals made by the Ministry of the Interior, and proceeded as it corresponds by law," emphasized the deputy.

"In this case, Law 147 clearly establishes that these infringed impositions are a direct cause for the immediate and definitive cancellation of the legal personality of these non-governmental organizations," he explained.

In addition, he regretted that these universities ended up being "a kind of hybrid, because on the one hand they are non-governmental, non-profit organizations, but in practice they had become commercial companies, because they traded with university education."

"Education went from being a right to becoming a commodity that is negotiated to the highest bidder. With this decision, a deforming practice that had been developing in the university education sector of our country is also being curtailed," Gutiérrez reiterated.

On the other hand, he stressed that the Government of Nicaragua has always guaranteed the transfer of the corresponding resources to maintain these universities, and that has meant an annual average, in the last 16 years, of approximately 163 million dollars.

"From every point of view, those universities were completely at odds with their original objective, which was to give the bread of knowledge to Nicaraguans who wanted a university career," said the deputy.

educational continuity

Gutiérrez stressed that the Nicaraguan students of the aforementioned universities "do not have to pay the piper" and reaffirmed that the two resolutions of the CNU clarify that "the educational continuity of young Nicaraguans with quality, and ensuring the significant reduction of fees", It is a commitment of the State and the Government.

"The difference is that now those educational centers are no longer going to be managed by education merchants, but by officials who are going to be appointed by the CNU so that these institutions continue to develop without any problem," and that the students successfully complete his academic training, he confirmed.

Rejection of political use

On the other hand, the deputy rejected the political use of this situation. "It is unfortunate the way in which some international media have taken on the task of transforming the reality of what is happening in our country. It has happened with education and with other elements that have tried to misrepresent it," he said.

The president of the CNU, in addition to giving all the guarantees so that the young Nicaraguans in these centers can continue their university studies, indicated that "we have formed the teams that are going to assume the responsibility for leading each of the universities."

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