"The quality of public education is very poor in this country, and does not stand a chance against the interests of the rich," said Jaime Gajardo, president of Chile's National College of Teachers…
Demonstrators want President Michelle Bachelet to withdraw an education bill from Congress that replaces a law in place since the end of Chile's 1973-1990 dictatorship.
Students and teachers don't like the existing law either, but they say the new bill does not go far enough to meet their needs, and are demanding the government draw more on funds from coffers bursting with revenues from a four-year copper bonanza.
Chile’s education minister has argued that changes are necessary in order to fix inequality within the school system.
Sources- Reuters, Xinhua, Prensa Latina, earthtimes.org
Image- The Valparaiso Times (“Police disperse student protests in Santiago.”)