The Congress of the Republic approved, with 91 votes in favor, Bill 904-2021, entitled “Law that promotes the quality of educational materials and resources in Peru”.
Said document encourages the mandatory intervention of parents in the preparation of educational materials. This would undermine the leading role of the Minedu and endanger education with a gender approach in the national curriculum.
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What does Bill 904/2021 propose?
The opinion establishes the obligation to consult parents about the contents of educational materials and the school curriculumdespite the fact that, in many cases, they do not have knowledge on the matter.
Congresswoman and former Minister of Education flower paul He assured that the opinion undermines the governing role of the minedu, since the entity is responsible for the preparation of educational materials and their quality. In addition, the document establishes sanctions for officials in the education sector who do not comply with the principles established by this initiative, such as “full respect for religious freedom or moral convictions of students and parents.”
“This is very dangerous because educational materials respond to State policies and cannot in any case respond to religious or moral criteria, therefore, giving parent organizations the power to validate educational materials. Under these criteria, it would give rise to organizations that have been asking for the withdrawal of the gender equality approach and comprehensive sexual education for several years, to be able to do so using the mechanism proposed by this bill, ”said the current congresswoman in dialogue at the time. with The Republic.
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Congress approved an opinion that harms the approach to gender and sexual education in classrooms