Tens of thousands of students took to the streets in Chile in support of education reform. Organisers said at least 50.000 marched in the capital Santiago on Wednesday, with police saying 25.000 attended.
The Chilean education system promotes inequality and exclusion according to a report from UNESCO regional office released in Santiago, based on comparing education legislation from Argentina, Uruguay and Finland.
At least 50 demonstrators were arrested Thursday when masked protesters attacked police at the end of a massive and otherwise peaceful march in Santiago de Chile demanding more resources for education.
Thursday’s march by Chilean striking students and their supporters may signal an end to an unprecedented four months of student unrest – if the number of demonstrators proves to be small.
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) names Chile the most socio-economically segregated country regarding education opportunities. The annual report released this week shows that private schools receive the most funding from the government and these schools have the least socioeconomic integration.