President Michelle Bachelet said last week that free higher education in Chile, which will come into effect in 2016 after 35 years during which all students paid tuition, "is a right, not a gift", reports Latino Fox News.
"We always believed that education is a right and the fact that we are moving ahead strongly in that direction fills us with joy," said the president, who recently visited the home of a student whose studies at the University of Chile this year will cost him nothing.
In the first year of free university education, some 165,000 students will enjoy the new measure.
Bachelet said she would have liked more young people to have access to the benefit, but warned that "we have to be responsible because of the economic situation facing the country". Chile's economic growth tapered off in 2015, coming in at roughly 2%, and the trend is expected to continue in 2016.
Full report on the Latino Fox News site
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