Peru: Rally denouncing shortcomings of virtual university procedures ends in clashes

Police officers and students clashed during a rally denouncing the shortcomings of universities' virtual exam and education processes made visible by the COVID-19 pandemic, in Lima on Saturday. Police pushed back students who were chanting and holding banners, with slogans reading: «Education is not for sale» and «Virtual exam scam and corruption» as they decried virtual processes the availability of which was difficult for all students. «In the midst of this global crisis, our country has been seriously affected. Students both in basic and regular education don't have virtual media and they don't have internet — WiFi. This results in a process of utilisation and privatisation of education,» said Alexia Dextre who acts as Public Universities Student Representative. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, various public universities, including the Universidad Mayor de San Marcos, were forced to change their in-person exam system into a virtual process, which led to various complaints from student federations denouncing the lack of quality of internet connections and availability of technologies in the country. With the organised rally, the students demanded exams to be postponed and to be carried out in-person once the sanitary conditions are adequate.

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