Accountable to the sovereign

When a public official takes stock, he must give us figures. As citizens we need data to be able to judge how things are going, but for years secrecy has been the government's response to the results of its management. We can understand that in the face of US economic "sanctions" important information is not revealed on, for example, production and sale of oil or gold. Information that could give rise to new sanctions and limitations. But, in other areas, maintaining transparency is essential in a democracy. An example: on March 29, Minister Aristóbulo Istúriz told VTV about our education and a summary of what was said can be consulted on the Internet: not a single number. I went to the Ministry's website to see if there was anything there, but it was undergoing maintenance.

The VTV review says that the minister “assured (…) that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has guaranteed education to the people and preserves the right to health and life”. And later it is added: "Istúriz explained that distance education implies putting into practice all the existing communication platforms at the service of education: television, radio, digital and print media and social networks." But what we are interested in knowing is how many students today can communicate with their teachers through social networks and do homework by consulting various cyber pages, thanks to the fact that they have a computer or smartphone and have more or less regular access to the Internet. Also, how many students have a stable electricity service and a television signal and have followed educational broadcasts through that medium. How many have relied on radio programs. And what percentage has had texts on hand to help them. If we don't know that we don't know anything. The MPPE must have information on each zone and can carry out sample surveys.

The minister adds according to the review: "The student protection policies have been guaranteed with the delivery of texts, Canaima computers, backpacks, supplies, uniforms, as well as the scholarship system and the comprehensive assistance system for the learner." But how many boys and girls received each of those benefits? Or is it all rhetoric and appearances?


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