SANTIAGO, Chile – Protesting Chilean students are marching again in the streets of Santiago but Education Minister Harald Beyer says the government will not cede to their demands for free education.
Despite more than a year of mass protests calling for swift and profound changes in education, few students have seen any real benefits. The government plans to raise about $700 million in taxes for education, but students say that's not enough.
"We think free education is an unfair policy and therefore we won't cede to those demands," Beyer told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday. He said "Chile had a policy of free education before, but the evaluation was pretty negative." Free education is an unfair, backward-looking policy."