Chilean students are protesting an education system that they say provides poor-quality public schools and teachers who aren’t ready for the classroom. On top of that students are taking on loads of debt at high interest rates.
Hundreds of students occupied high schools and blocked traffic in Chile’s capital on Tuesday to demand education reform. Police in riot gear evicted students from several schools but at least seven remained occupied.
Student leaders met with Santiago Mayor Pablo Zalaquett, who has threatened to remove scholarships from students who join the school takeovers, but the talks ended after two hours without an agreement.