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Sat Apr 20, 2024, 07:52 PM Apr 20

Argentina's Mileise: University chancellors warn Milei that money will only last until May

The problem afflicting Argentina's universities is easy enough to understand: despite annual inflation at 288%, their budgets for 2024 will be the same as in 2023 - reflecting deep budget cuts under the new, far-right Javier Milei administration.

Although the intention of increasing operating budgets by 65% was discussed, government officials continue to refuse to confirm the emergency hike.

Some universities have declared an economic emergency - restricting the number of students per course, moving out of rental offices, suspending the purchase of inputs, services and equipment or digging into their savings.

The University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine - whose teaching hospital cares for 1,000 mostly indigent patients daily - shut off lights to most of its buildings this week after its budget was cut by 26% in nominal terms, and 80% in real terms.

The neighboring School of Dentistry has reportedly run out of supplies for its graduate students.

“This was complicated by the fact that on Monday, we suffered the theft of computers,” Dean Pablo Rodríguez lamented. “This was due to these measures” - referring to the partial blackout.

Numerous grade schools in Buenos Aires and elsewhere have suffered a wave of similar thefts recently.


When the Milei administration took office in December, academics called for a 300% increase in this year's public university budgets - which last year received an already-modest 1.4 trillion pesos ($4.5 billion at the time) in federal funds for 55 universities with 2 million students between them.

Milei vetoed the request - though he later signed an agreement with Denmark to buy 24 Reagan-era F-16s (at $338 million a piece - excluding weaponry) that even war-torn Ukraine deemed unfit.

Many in academia say that unless the situation changes, they will not be able to guarantee classes beyond April or May.

The University of Buenos Aires - the nation's largest, and often ranked among the best in Latin America - “will have to close or not provide the functions we usually provide” Chancellor Ricardo Gelpi warned.

Students, faculty and supporters are planning a massive march on Tuesday to protest the funding crisis.

At: https://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/milei-in-conflict-with-universities-chancellors-warn-money-will-only-last-til-may.phtml

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Argentina's Mileise: University chancellors warn Milei that money will only last until May (Original Post) peppertree Apr 20 OP
another right-wing government destroying their economy... bahboo Apr 20 #1
This vicious lunatic is wild to control Argentina's powerful, time-tested sadistic greedy fascist class, like ours, Judi Lynn Apr 21 #2


(16,405 posts)
1. another right-wing government destroying their economy...
Sat Apr 20, 2024, 08:51 PM
Apr 20

yet idiots keep voting therm in. Astounding....

Judi Lynn

(160,765 posts)
2. This vicious lunatic is wild to control Argentina's powerful, time-tested sadistic greedy fascist class, like ours,
Sun Apr 21, 2024, 05:53 AM
Apr 21

by repeating that time-worn propaganda that "educated" people tend to think they are better than others and are communists at heart, and must be stopped by ending their influence on future citizens through education. Suspicion and hatred of public schools has been part of right-wing doctrine for decades.

They've been beating that drum with heavy fascist elements since the 1950's, at least. All tyrants claim the previous popular governments which try to raise the well-being of the suffering should be destroyed, one way or another.

They want to pay near-slave wages, yet have any taxes taken, to be forced from the meager salaries of the poor to finance the very government the fascists want to control.

This photo couldn't represent these people more accurately in a hundred years.

Here's hoping he who campaigns by the chain-saw will not flourish through his chain-saw.

Thanks for the information, and the video, peppertree.

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