Nicaraguan students sent home from Venezuela

The hasty return of 120 Nicaraguan medical students is further indication that the wheels are starting to fall off ALBA

alba01(posted May 19, 6:30 am) — The ongoing political, economic and social crisis in Venezuela is starting to reverberate in Nicaragua. With no explanation and a level of extreme hermetic silence that characterizes the Sandinista government, 120 Nicaraguan medical students who had been studying in Venezuela on an ALBA scholarship abruptly returned to Managua yesterday without completing their degrees.

Government officials and leaders of the Sandinista Youth, which managed the ALBA scholarship program, have offered no explanation for the students’ hasty return; students arriving yesterday at the Augusto C. Sandino airport declined to comment, according to La Prensa.

The Nicaraguan daily reported over the weekend that Sandinista political operator Gustavo Porras allegedly told the students’ parents in a private meeting last week that a decision had been made to end the scholarship program in Venezuela and that the students would be sent home immediately.

Porras allegedly promised parents that the students would be transferred into similar medical programs at Nicaragua’s National Autonomous University (UNAN) in León and Managua, though it’s not clear how that will happen. Porras offered no further explanation for the cancelation of the program.

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  • estado

    “Porras allegedly promised parents that the students would be transferred
    into similar medical programs at Nicaragua’s National Autonomous
    University (UNAN) in León and Managua, though it’s not clear how that
    will happen. Porras offered no further explanation for the cancelation
    of the program.”

    This is extremely biased.

    It’s a government program, the Sandinista-Ortega administration will have absolutely no problem putting them in a school INSIDE OF THE COUNTRY THEY RUN.

    This has to be intentional subreption on the part of nicaragua Dispatch and the fool that wrote this tainted article.

    • Happy Customer

      Calm down, estado. Rather than getting mad at the article, you might want to get mad at the situation that caused the students to be brought home. And remember, state universities have enrollment limits, entrance requirements and exams, and they are well into the school year. There is also the question of which classes already taken will receive credit at the new university. Transferring doesn’t include receiving full credit for previous work – an unlucky reality learned the hard way by many students. There is also the not so little question of university autonomy, hard fought and hard won. Will they enjoy being told: “Accept these students immediately – they are now yours.”? I think the bigger issue is that things are done willy nilly these days, from one day to the next. It’s just not serious. Lastly, the burning question in my mind is: is this fiasco the result of you-know-who’s revenge against students going to the authorities in Venezuela a few weeks (one week?) back to complain about their dire economic circumstances and lack of basic food supplies? Kinda sounds like it.

      • estado

        “And remember, state universities have enrollment limits, entrance
        requirements and exams, and they are well into the school year.”

        You’ve been defeated by your own argument. The STATE can ignore the entrance requirements and enrollment limits. It can easily apply earned credits to the student coming back.

        “Transferring doesn’t include receiving full credit for previous work – an unlucky reality learned the hard way by many students.”

        Agreed. I’ve gone threw this myself.

        However, this is government intervention. The government can easily wave any issues.

        “Will they enjoy being told: “Accept these students immediately – they are now yours.”?”

        Enjoy?

        Does a soldier enjoy being told to execute a frontal charge?

        You completely ignore the state’s power.

        “is this fiasco the result of you-know-who’s revenge against students
        going to the authorities in Venezuela a few weeks (one week?) back to
        complain about their dire economic circumstances and lack of basic food
        supplies? Kinda sounds like it.”

        Only part of your reply that is cognizant.

    • Tim Rogers

      UNAN stands for the National AUTONOMOUS University of Nicaragua, it’s not the Sandinista University of Nicaragua — at least not technically. The autonomy of the university, in theory, is to protect it from the arbitrary decisions of politicians. If the returning students are simply inserted into the UNAN’s medical program by presidential decree, that’s a pretty serious violation of the university’s autonomy. There needs to be some sort of negotiation with university council/administrators, additional resources allocated to the school’s budget, and other academic adjustments made to make sure there’s some continuity in the educational programs of the two different universities. None of those considerations have been addressed publicly, hence “it’s not clear how that will happen.”

  • Pepe Turcon

    Well…this is just another symptom of a very sick patient. There are so many issues that have one underlying meaning: Ortega is running out of cash to keep his criminal mafia together. You’ll notice more and more of “patadas de ahogado” along the way. Problem will start when they’ll start looking into your own pockets. Well, actually the police was allowed much higher mordidas, or…?