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‘Free’ education has a cost, says cardinal

03 April 2014 | by Isabel de Bertodano | Comments: 0

Chile

Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, Archbishop of Santiago, has said that Chile is facing a major challenge as the new Government attempts to implement education reforms. The Chilean president Michelle Bachelet came to power at the end of last year on a promise to implement reform and provide high-quality “free” education, including for many university students, raising corporate taxes to do so. The cardinal said that although the Government should pay for education, it could bring about a “dangerous situation” if it expected to impose its own values on the education system.“Free education sounds great, but what does it lead to – to the state being in charge of the education system. It says: ‘I pay, I make the demands’, and it imposes a model of educat ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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