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    Students in Argentina protest government plans to reform high school education. | Photo: Reuters

Published 14 September 2017

Five new schools have joined a two-week-long protest against President Mauricio Macri’s education reforms.

Dozens of Argentine students have occupied five high schools in Buenos Aires in a show of protest against education reforms proposed by the government of President Mauricio Macri.

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The five schools include the National School of Buenos Aires near the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace, Nicolas Avellaneda in Palermo, Rodolfo Walsh in Villa Pueyrredon, Normal 8 in San Cristobal and Garcia Lorca in La Paternal.

Thus far, students have taken over 25 public high schools. 

Among the most unpopular education reforms include a measure forcing students to work for private companies as unpaid interns.

The reforms “present a series of rules that undermine our education,” said Maximiliano Suen, a representative of the Coordination of High School Students. Suen is one of many student activists organizing the occupations.

Suen added that the unpaid internship program interferes with the ability of students to focus on their education.

Protests against the "High Schools of the Future" reforms began two weeks ago, when students demanded a meeting with Argentine Minister of Education Soledad Acuña.

"But she has already said that she is not going to meet with busy schools," Suen said.

The students also announced that they will march on the anniversary of the "Night of the Pencils," when high school students were kidnapped and killed on Sept. 16, 1976, as they protested education reforms during the military dictatorship era.

Some 84,845 students are part of Buenos Aires' high school education system, which includes 143 schools.


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