Chile’s New Education Minister Promotes Gender Equality

new ministerAfter two years of student marches that halted Chile’s major cities, Chilean president Sebatian Pinera named the country’s new education minister on Monday. Carolina Schmidt, the head of a government agency that promotes gender equality replaces the impeached Harald Beyer.

Schmidt was previously minister of the National Womens’ Service. She is the best-rated cabinet member among Chileans with a 71 percent approval rating, according to a recent survey by pollsters Adimark.

The senate impeached former minister Beyer last week for professional misconduct due to his failure to monitor profits in the education sector. He was also banned from holding public office for five years.

“The new education minister assumes a mandate that is ambitious, clear and very demanding,” Pinera said. “That mandate seeks to advance firmly, without hesitation, toward a country that can assure all its children and young people quality education.”

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