Since March 30, students at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan have been on an indefinite strike against a proposed three-year US$450 million budget cut imposed by the U.S. government via the Fiscal Control Board.
A group of 26 student representatives of the University of Puerto Rico met on Wednesday afternoon with the head of the U.S.-imposed Fiscal Control Board and the university’s management in a bid to find a solution to the conflict over budget cuts in higher education.
Puerto Rico Students Strike Against US-Imposed University Cuts
Under strong police watch, they debated the rise of university fees and measures meant to guarantee that striking students will not face punishment because of their mobilization.
The U.S.-appointed economic board is overseeing the restructuring of Puerto Rico’s US$70 billion debt owed to wealthy foreign investors. Along with cuts to public education, the board has also proposed to cut health care and housing funds.