Venezuelan education and the spectre of ideology

School of Administration, Modern Languages and Education of the Central University of Venezuela. Photo from Warairarepano&Guaicaipuro. Shared under Creative Commons license. Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

By Aglaia Berlutti

CARACAS, Venezuela — Some weeks ago, I awoke to the news that President Nicolás Maduro had announced that he was going to “press forward with the elimination” of university programs related to the humanities. “All universities have to be connected with the “Homeland Plan” (or Plan de la Patria) 2025,” which is the same as saying that they would have to abide by a specific ideology.

“We can’t have thousands of professionals graduating from university programs that have nothing to do with the country’s development,” said…

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