business of education

The business of education

For a few decades, the education business in Nicaragua has experienced an upward spiral, starting from primary to college or university, where it has reached the highest peak.

The educational business is most noticeable in private establishments, where students who are about to complete a school year have to pay pre-tuition and then tuition to be able to enter the next school year.

In primary and secondary education educators or teachers at least give classes, using chalk and slates in public schools, markers and acrylic plates in private schools. In the higher education business, that is, in the universities, the “professors” specialize in distributing or selling material extracted from the Internet or reading PowerPoint presentations, demonstrating a total lack of knowledge of the subject matter they teach.

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The university education has fallen to deplorable levels, unlike the tariffs, that year after year continue ascending. In the Nuevo Diario of February 28 this year, the president of the National Council of Universities, CNU, Telémaco Talavera, acknowledged that there is a gap in the quality of education at all levels, but especially in Higher Education.

Education has become a lucrative business, especially in private universities, which have proliferated indiscriminately, without a serious control and worse, with that of the law of “University Autonomy”, which gives them the Power to act on their own free will, without anyone being able to stick their nose and exercise some kind of control in them.

The universities obtain their approval through the National Council of Universities, CNU, and then obtain legal status granted by the National Assembly, based on Law No. 147, General Law on Non-Profit Legal Persons. But who doubts that these schools are not for profit? It is for this reason that private universities have gone so far as to put a price or price on the title or diploma, which practically sells up to the sum of fifteen hundred dollars!

For this, the universities have invented the famous courses of graduation and degree, arriving at the nerve of proposing to the students to pay these expenses in fertilizers from the beginning of the race. To be able to graduate in a university, the student must prepare himself from the beginning of the race and at the end of his term he has the right to receive a degree and the universities have the duty to deliver it.

The graduation course that the universities have created is nothing more than an invention to get more money from the students. No matter how much they try to fool students, neither the infrastructure of a university nor their fees are related to the quality of teaching.

The problem in Higher Education is that almost 100% of university students are unaware of the content or the existence of Law No. 89, Law of Autonomy of Institutions of Higher Education, created on April 5, 1990.

Recital IV of said Law establishes that it has been the decision of the Government of the Republic to finance Higher Education institutions, allowing students to access universities free of charge and without discrimination. Art. 3 of Law No. 89: “Access to Higher Education Institutions is free and free for all Nicaraguans …” Art. 4 of Law No. 89: “Higher Education Institutions are: state universities And Private and Higher Technical Education Centers.

In its 23 years and three months, this Law does not have any Amparo for unconstitutionality, being completely in force, for which I exhort the students, in general, to know better this Law and to make use of their rights.

The Education Committee of the National Assembly should work on proposing a law that prohibits collections by degrees and entitles the students to receive the title, which in many cases do not manage it for lack of money


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