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"I graduated high school so that Maduro could see us, but I did not study anything"

June 17, 2019 02:23 PM
Updated June 17, 2019 14:46

Raquel Ramírez lives in the neighborhood of San Vicente de Maracay, one of the most dangerous in the city. He is 35 years old. He studied until the third year of high school, but left school to go to work. He collaborates with his mother, who is an employee of a shoe store.

First, he sold newspapers on the streets, which initially worked for him, but the crisis made him change his profession. Four years ago she works in a store, selling clothes, appliances and even food. "Not bad for me, but the owners asked me to finish high school," he said.

"I went to Inces because they told me they had a program there to take the studies," he said.

The National Institute of Education and Socialist Education has a plan called productive bachelors, with which candidates, after fulfilling certain requirements and certifying their experience, obtain the title endorsed by the Ministry of Education.

"I started out two years ago, but I only studied for six months, I left because the situation became very difficult at the house and I had to queue in supermarkets and supermarkets to buy the food." CLAP box arrives only one or two weeks if we surrender, "he said.

"On Wednesday, June 5, they telephoned me at Inces' address to let me know they were going to give me a bachelor's degree, but that I had to go to Caracas to look for him. President Nicolas Maduro was, that he would give me. For the trip they gave us food and a bonus, "he said.

A week later, on Wednesday, June 12, Ramirez joined his former colleagues, many of whom also deserted. "They rented a bus and took us to the act," he said.

The graduation was chaired by Vice President Delcy Rodríguez, Education Minister Aristóbulo Istúriz, and Minister of Youth and Sports, Pedro Infante.

Maduro sent a message through his Twitter account.

Rodriguez announced that the 1,440 graduates of the Inces would be incorporated into state enterprises and institutions.

Ramirez received his bachelor's degree at the event. When he returned home, he taught him to his mother, and although he knew that he did not do it with the effort, he still celebrated. She was very happy that day, but she knows she can hardly continue in any university. "I graduated so that Maduro could see us, but I did not study anything. This title is just adornment," he said.

"I think they had to rush to get people because almost nobody finished it. We started out a lot, but little by little they were retiring," he added.

"I want to be a lawyer, but I do not think I can study. If I did not finish my bachelor's degree, I would have given less to study at a university," he said.

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