Gerardo Varela, former Minister of Education, returned to the public exhibition participating in a forum on education and freedom of the Foundation for Progress (FPP), where his predecessor Andriana Delpiano also participated.
In his presentation, Varela said that the government of Michelle Bachelet wanted to establish a "Spartan" education, which "was provided exclusively by the state and was egalitarian because all families were deprived of their children at the age of seven and educated for war."
"The question is whether this structure of society is desirable, based on what one wants to admire a free society," said the statements collected by Radio Cooperativa.
But Gerardo Varela went further and questioned that in a free society universities are not allowed to offer careers that have no job for their graduates, as happened with the Criminalistics, which should have been closed in 2007.
"What if someone offered a course in astronautics? We know that Chile will not send anyone to the Moon, but We have the right to prevent someone from studying it, because they will not be able to work? Or, on the other hand, how many poets does society need? Because we know that poets have no economic field. Can society restrict educational projects based on the probability of getting work? ", He argued.
For her part, former Minister Adriana Delpiano referred to the school admission system, saying that Sebastián Piñera was in favor of the changes made by Bachelet, although Marcela Cubillos now seeks to reverse the measure.
"He told me: Adriana, you have nothing to explain to me, I know the system perfectly, because I had my children in Boston, and I asked for my campaign to get this advertisement (tombola) because it was a ridiculous of a process that gives opportunities to people who have not even considered it as a possibility, "he confided.