Education budget passed


President Sebastian Pinera’s government passed its education budget yesterday after months of protests by schoolchildren and students.

The budget passed through the lower house Chamber of Deputies by 58 to 55 votes, with three independent deputies voting with the government.

The budget was originally to be increased by $350 million on the previous year to $11.6 billion but the government has agreed to raise the spending to $12.1 billion.

The passing of the education budget will mean that the main budget can now go ahead. The money for education had been held up for weeks in the lower house. Students who had been seeking more funding for free education at university level and reforms to the largely private education system were disappointed with the result.

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