(Mérida 05/28/2020) – In view of the announcement made yesterday, May 27, by César Trompiz, Minister of University Education of the facto regime headed by Nicolás Maduro, the Observatory of the Human Rights of the University of the Andes (ODH-ULA) rejects the politicization of this benefit and denounces its insufficiency, whose economic contribution is less than two dollars a month.
On May, 2018, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (hereinafter, “MPPEUCT” for its acronym in Spanish) reported that the scholarships provided to university students would be processed through the homeland card that is a political control tool created by the de facto regime. MPPEUCT implemented at that time the Sucre Scholarship Registration System, through which only 50,000 students would be selected to receive scholarships. On October 2019, Nicolás Maduro said the university enrollment in Venezuela was 2,829,520 students.
The discriminatory measure that politicizes the provision of university scholarships adds to the irregularity in the frequency of payment of these, which has been denounced by students and student leaders. Since April 2019, the facto regime has not paid out university scholarships. More than a year later, it is depositing only 320,000 bolivars to each selected student, an amount less than two dollars, which is currently not even enough to buy half a kilo of beef in Venezuela.
ODH-ULA rejects the insufficient of the university student scholarships, the politicization of this benefit; which was created during the democratic regime of Venezuela in the last century, and the discriminatory selection process that leaves more than 98% of the university students of the country without this benefit.