The Minister of Education, Alejandro Gaviria, stated that increases in tuition at private institutions should not exceed the Consumer Price Index (CPI)
The indignation of the university students was such that on November 16, they held several marches in various parts of the capital of the Republic Photo: Colprensa
For several days students of the Javeriana University, in Its offices in Bogotá and Cali, and the Universidad de los Andes, have demonstrated for the announcement of the enrollment increase of 13.9% by 2023.
For example, at the Universidad Javeriana, with this increase, the semester of undergraduate Medicine, the institution's most expensive course will go from 17.6 million to 20.1 million pesos.< /b>
Given this situation, the Minister of Education, Alejandro Gaviria, stated that the increases in enrollment in private institutions should not exceed the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which for October of this year was 12.2%.
Through a statement, the Javeriana University and following the recommendations of Alejandro Gaviria, reported on Tuesday, November 22 that:
“After reassessing the different implications of the country's economic situation, which affects society in general and our Community, and taking into account the economic analyzes of the Ministry of National Education, the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (for its two venues) decided this tomorrow define the increase in enrollment in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), that is, 12.22% by 2023″.
In the same sense, the letter signed by the rector of the university Jorge Humberto Peláez Piedrahita, indicated that the decision “implies that the budget for 2023 will be adjusted with the priority aim of ensuring the care of people, the educational quality and sustainability of the University”.
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For her part, Raquel Bernal, rector of the Universidad de Los Andes, where the increase was originally 12.8 percent, he pointed out that he also lowered his prices to the CPI.
“Listening to the needs of the student community, and recognizing the economic situation that Colombia is experiencing right now and perhaps next year, and following the suggestions of the National Government, the Universidad de Los Andes has made the decision to limit the increase in its enrollment to CPI. Those who have already paid may request a refund of the corresponding balance or may also donate it to the financial support program Quiero Estudiar.”
The inconvenience of the university students was such , which on November 16 held several marches in different parts of the capital of the Republic. The demonstrations were accompanied by officials from the Bogota Ombudsman.
On the other hand, TransMilenio reported, that day, the temporary closure of the stations Quinta Paredes, Salitre Greco, El Tiempo Maloka, Gobernación and CAN, for two hours.
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In the press release of 22 November, the Javeriana University underlined that: “This challenge commits us to work jointly and co-responsibly to face the demanding situation that this adjustment implies in terms of investment projects and development of the University.”< /p>
Likewise, the Javeriana University pointed out that this decision implies carrying out a new strategy: “The new tuition payment receipts, with the adjustment in the increase, will be available as of Friday 25 November. Students who have already paid will have the alternative of reimbursement or payment for the next semester”.