.- The Venezuelan Bishopsâ Conference said this week that education should not be made a political issue, because it is the right of all Venezuelans to receive quality, values-based education.
âThe âbattle,â as some have called it, over education is not a question of political wins or losses, because values and rights are not subject to the polling booth,â the bishops said in a statement read by the president of the Committee on Education, Bishop Jose Angel Divasson.
The statement, which was issued during the bishopsâ 36th Extraordinary Plenary Assembly, expresses their concern that the educational system could be subjected to a political agenda, something which is âarbitrary and exclusive.â
The bishops criticized the âexaggerated militarism, the biased vision of historyâ that some want to impose on the new school curriculum. They called for an âextensive national dialogueâ about the theoretical, pedagogical and philosophical foundations that should be understood in light of the constitution and not interpreted unilaterally.â
They also called on the government not to implement the new curriculum and to make their educational policy plans public in order to prevent the spread of rumors.