The opposition rejects the law because it eliminates university autonomy.
The Higher Education Act was passed in another marathon session of the National Assembly, which also approved the final hours, a reform of the rules of debate that reduced the number of sessions and removed the parliamentary groups, which the opposition considered “a coup” to internal legislature.
For two weeks, and in the final stretch of his five years that will culminate on January 4, the Assembly has approved nearly a dozen laws, according to official spokesmen, seeking to consolidate socialism and opposition branded as “unconstitutional.”
“Today at three o’clock we passed a huge university education law” which is the culmination of a “historic struggle” to achieve a “profound change in the university” to open it to all the people, said government deputy Alberto Castelar, state television ‘VTV’.
According to the legislator, the new norm “resumes” the concept of “educational state” guarantees “in a democratic way, protagonist, the income of all Venezuelans” to higher education.
Furthermore, it is established “a total and absolute respect for university autonomy”, but understood it as a “self-responsible, that does not mean that the authorities” of these home-study “will do whatever they want,” said Castelar .
But the minority opposition bloc, consisting of a dozen former allies of the Government MPs voted against the bill on the grounds that “limits and eliminates” university autonomy, and was written without listening to the views of the university authorities and students.
“Any kind of autonomy that universities may have is at the discretion of an official designated by the Executive,” warned Assemblyman Ismael García, referring to the article that establishes the minister of higher education as the final word which was formerly in the hands of the University Council.
Likewise, the rector of the Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV), Cecilia Garcia, reiterated her refusal to understand the new law as “a coup d’etat to the academy” and explained that this university will remain “autonomous.”
“We will abide by the Constitution, which is in force” and that guarantees “in Article 109, university autonomy, the exercise will continue,” said Garcia in an interview with private channel ‘Globovisión’.
The rector announced that on Thursday students and faculty held a “concentration” to instead go to the Assembly and express their rejection of approval “at dawn” of a “law without consultation, unconstitutional,” in which “imposes a thought unique. “