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article imageChilean Minister of Education dismissed over for-profit colleges

By Igor I. Solar     Apr 18, 2013 in Politics
Santiago - Following a long day of debates, which began at 10 a.m. and lasted for about 11 hours, the Chilean Senate passed by 20 votes to 18 the impeachment of the Education Minister Harald Beyer, accused of failing to address for-profit activity in education.
The document impeaching Education Minister Harald Beyer had three chapters each covering different aspects of the Minister’s performance in reference to his constitutional duties in the control and prevention of profits in colleges and universities. The senators had to express their agreement or rejection to each particular chapter. This topic (for-profit education) has been one of the main reasons for the protests that students of Secondary Education and Universities have carried out continuously in Chile for the past six years.
Two chapters were widely rejected by the lawmakers. However, after the intervention of each of the 38 members of the Senate, who justified in detail their vote, the Secretary of State was found guilty of the
Harald Beyer Burgos  Former Chilean Minister of Education
Harald Beyer Burgos, Former Chilean Minister of Education
Gov't of Chile
charges held by the opposition in the third chapter of the accusation, related to the failure by the secretary of state in preventing “profits in university education ".
According to the opposition Beyer failed to order sufficient enquiries into the finances of universities; of showing a “lack of hierarchical control by not acting upon information obtained by offices within his jurisdiction about financial irregularities” and of “failing to respond to complaints of profiteering” in private colleges and universities.
In addition to the removal from his post, Mr. Beyer is prevented from holding public office for a period of 5 years. Once the decision was known, the ministers of state in the room and government MPs approached Minister Beyer to express their solidarity and support.
President Sebastian Piñera has not yet announced the name of the person who will assume responsibility in education. However, it is expected that the current Deputy Minister Fernando Rojas will be nominated in the portfolio. Rojas has been serving as Acting Minister since Harald Beyer was suspended from office after a vote in the House of Representatives.
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