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In the midst of the controversy over her statements regarding the boys who dropped out of school during the pandemic, the Buenos Aires Minister of Education, Soledad Acuna, it was summoned within 10 business days to provide information on the school dropout rate and the impact of the health crisis on the education system.

The Guarantor Body of the Right of Access to Information of the city intimidated the head of the educational portfolio, after a presentation by the Civil Association for Equality and Justice (ACIJ). The body resolved a claim filed by the NGO, by the “insufficient and incomplete” response from the city’s Ministry of Education in response to a request for information on the Buenos Aires statistics.

The decision took place this January 19, the same day that Acuña came under fire for having stated that there were “lost” boys. in the corridors of a villa” and that “it was too late” to go out and look for those who had left the system. The controversy earned him strong criticism from union sectors and Kirchner leaders.

Soledad Acuña responded to criticism on LN+
Soledad Acuña responded to criticism on LN+video capture

Regarding the request for public information, ACIJ had requested data on the effects of the pandemic on October 22 in the educational system, as initial and final enrollment, Percentage of male and female students left without going to another establishment, interannual dropout rate, effective promotion rate and educational vulnerability index, during 2020 and 2021.

The organization also reported that it had requested information disaggregated by educational level, year of study, school district, and management sector. And, specifically, details of the implementation of the “Acompañar Program: Bridges of Equality”, of the national order, destined to recover boys, girls and adolescents who disassociated themselves from schools.

The Guarantor Body considered that the city’s Ministry of Education “had not duly provided the required information regarding 6 of the 7 points requested”. In this way, in the terms of Law 104, on access to public information, it summoned the portfolio to deliver the data in 10 business days, whose term expires on February 3.

After the controversy over his statements, Acuña had pointed out, in dialogue with LN+, that his intention was to question the lack of official data at the national level. At the same time, he had highlighted the numbers of the city. He said that a 98% rebinding rate and rescued that the Buenos Aires government had determined that 6,500 boys dropped out of school.

I showed that there were no official data on national matters and that there is much to do. And that if we do not recognize the truth, first saying the numbers, recognizing with evidence what is missing, we are not going to take action on the matter”, he had stated.

The agency took into account the discharge made by the educational portfolio on January 18, however, it argued that this information is insufficient. “Although the obligated subjects responded to the transfer carried out, the query raised continues without having been duly addressed”, they stated.

Regarding point 2, that is, the registration data for the year 2021, the Guarantor Body observed that the area led by Acuña reported “that they have provisional data and that the definitive data will be available as of April 30, 2022” .

In addition, it was noted that as to points 3, 4 and 5 of the request, “the data corresponding to the 2020 school year has not been published″. This is the percentage of students left without a pass during the 2020 school year, interannual abandonment rate corresponding to the periods 2018-2019 and 2019-2020, and the effective promotion rate corresponding to the 2020 school year.

In relation to Educational Vulnerability Index (point 6) the obligated subjects did not refer to said index in the original response or in the discharge, therefore It has not been clarified whether they have the requested data or not”, maintained the agency and clarified that, in the event that “the index has been produced or is being produced, the obligated subjects must deliver it.”

Finally, on point 7, it was reported how the national funds of the Accompany Program: Bridges of Equality” “But the situation regarding other sources of funding for the program or their amounts”.

ACIJ rescued the decision. “Although it is data that should be available in the Statistical Yearbook of the City Educational System, to date they have not been published. nor made available interim results”, they stated in a statement.

The organization considered that the situation of children and adolescents who dropped out of school or are at risk of doing so “continues to be very worrying.” In this sense, he stressed that the publication of educational statistics data It is essential for monitoring the actions of the State on the part of civil society and the demand for the adoption of timely measures that protect the right to education”.

ACIJ indicated that data on educational indicators related to school dropout during the pandemic period were also requested from National State, the Province of Buenos Aires and the Province of Salta. “None of these districts has provided the requested data to date., for which the existing mechanisms in each jurisdiction are in the process of claiming”, they affirmed in the organism.

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