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The Minister of State Education, Jaime Pirzec, ensured the necessary budget for operating expenses and teaching salaries for universities across the country and the implementation of 74 infrastructure works, when participating today in Jujuy in a plenary session of university presidents and university presidents, while ratifying the decision of primary schools to introduce 40 hours per week for a whole day.
The meeting was held at the Hotel Altos de la Viña, in San Salvador de Jujuy, to discuss actions in the affairs of the university, to propose a seven-point document signed last December, the election of new authorities to the National Interuniversity Council (CIN) and the appointment of authorities. Standing Committees for the period 2022-2023.
The opening of the 87th Plenary Session of the CIN Chairs was organized by the National University of Jujuy (UNJu).
“We are implementing a budget that guarantees a significant increase in operating expenses and the payment of all the joint agreements we signed,” the Minister of Education said in connection with the local press, adding that “the university system is one of the platforms from the development that our country enjoys and we have to guarantee it until that happens.”
He stressed that “there is a positive assessment of what has been accomplished in this pandemic, from guaranteeing the right to education to tens of thousands of boys and girls from all over Argentina so that they can learn, advance, conduct assessments, graduate and continue to enter.”
Regarding the announcement that schools will start operating for 40 hours a day, Birzek stressed that the goal is that “everyone can join and those who will not be transferred to an extended 30-hour day, but not in less than 25 hours per week.”
Reminding the latter, the minister said, “This will be established in agreement with each governorate because it is each governorate that must decide its own educational system and in a joint agreement with all representatives of teaching personnel,” recalling this. On Friday, they decided to move forward with this goal at a meeting of the Federal Council.
“We have to take these steps forward with the workers’ representatives,” he stressed, and announced that the meeting would be held publicly.
In this regard, the Minister supported the proposal that “80 percent of this investment, mainly in teachers’ salaries, is undertaken by the nation-state in agreement with the provinces.”
With regard to the infrastructure plan, he indicated that “very important progress is being made”, and in this sense he clarified that “74 works are being carried out with scientific and health facilities, and we confirm that by the middle of the year this number will reach 150.”
At the same time, he identified that the small business program began last year with an investment of 2,500 million pesos continuing “and highlighted the expansion of Belgrano grants to 36,000,” about 12,000 more than last year for 257 strategic professions.
Birzek argued that university presidents’ meetings leave “very important conclusions” such as reviewing study plans that have minimum hours, that there are more average grades and that quality certifications can be made for careers.
He stressed that the State University “is a platform for Argentina that needs to develop with social justice, work, production, science and knowledge” and highlighted the contribution it made to all citizens in the face of the pandemic.
“The university system has made a very great contribution to the lives of the Argentine people under this pandemic; we should cherish and take care of it. It is part of the capital of the Argentine public university system,” he noted.
He concluded: “We are a government that believes in the need to have more universities in the face of inequality that also exists in Argentina, and in this regard there are projects that we have already presented.”
During his visit to Jujuy, Perczyk also met with the governor of the province, Gerardo Morales, and the Minister of Education, Maria Bovi, where he toured the National School No. 2 where the reconstruction work was carried out with national and regional funding.
Meanwhile, the President of the National University of Gogoi, Rodolfo Tecci, who ended his presidency at CIN, presented the economic and financial balance to his administration and approved a series of agreements that concern the university system of coordination with other agencies.
Tecchi will be taken by the dean of the Universidad del Litoral, Enrique Mammarella.
University Policy Secretary Oscar Alba and other university authorities also participated in the meeting.