Talks have broken down between striking Chilean students and cabinet ministers after complaints the government was being inflexible. The students called off negotiations, claiming their demands for free state education have been met with stubbornness. They students say they will return to concentrating on street protests and school occupations.
President of the Student Federation of the University of Chile Camila Vallejo said the government was resistant to making the change:
“There was no clear will to move forward in achieving free, high quality, public education supported by a responsible state. They keep backing the same model where the market rules,” she declared.
For a month, the students have also been protesting against private schools being given aid money by the government. They would rather those funds were spent on setting up a system where the state provides free schooling for more than just a small percentage of the extremely poor, which makes education in Chile very expensive.