They consider that the history course currently taught does not contain points that reinforce love for the homeland and defense of the country’s sovereignty.
The Plenary of the Congress of the Republic approved by insistence the initiative that proposes to declare of national interest the introduction of curricular contents of study on civic education and history of subversion and terrorism in Peru in the educational institutions of Peru.
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The corresponding opinion was approved with 69 votes in favor, 23 against and three abstentions, thus exceeding the requirement for the texts observed by the Executive Power to have adhesions that represent more than half the legal number of congressmen.
The president of the Education Commission and member of the Popular Renovation bench, Gladys Echaíz, in charge of supporting the ruling, pointed out that it is necessary that the aforementioned issues not be concentrated in a single course.
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Likewise, the legislator also argued the lack of knowledge that – she indicated – young Peruvians show regarding Peruvian heroes and the leader of Sendero Luminoso, Abimael Guzmán. This would be remedied by teaching specific content to students.
Also, Echaíz considered that the history course currently taught does not contain points that reinforce love for the country and the defense of sovereignty. Also, he highlighted the importance of highlighting the fight against terrorism between the years 1980 and 2000.
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“These courses are taken in a single subject of Peruvian history and Geography, which does not contain civic values at all and is about reinforcing love for the country, our national identification, knowing the need, the right, the duty of the citizen, of defending our sovereignty and having love for our national symbols”, remarked the parliamentarian.
Gladys Echaíz, president of the Education Commission of the Congress of the Republic, was in charge of supporting an opinion to introduce civic education courses and history of subversion in schools.
The legislator considered that acts such as the one that occurred in Desaguadero, Puno, where the raising of the national flag by military personnel was prevented, respond to a lack of interest and ignorance about matters and events such as those that are now being considered for inclusion in the curriculum.
“That shows us the weakness, the deficiency, the lack of interest. Hence, the Education Commission considered it necessary, basic and elemental, through a declaratory project”, said Echaíz.
The observations made by the central government to the original opinion, among other points, mentioned its “regulatory redundancy”, since the instruction on said contents is regulated by other legal provisions.
In this regard, Echaíz indicated that the proposed text has a declaratory and non-normative nature. This seeks to draw the attention of the Ministry of Education to highlight these contents in school instruction, he said.
However, the legislator also considered that, due to the current social situation, this initiative goes beyond the merely declarative.
Regarding the observation that alludes to the fact that the competencies established in the national basic education curriculum are intended to strengthen the democratic system and national identity, the commission considers that the aforementioned autograph of law does not contravene such purposes but rather enhances its content.
“It seeks to explain in a real and objective way not only the events that occurred but who were the leaders, the masterminds and who participated in it and, also, how these criminal organizations were defeated,” he said.
Finally, the Popular Renovation congresswoman indicated that this law seeks to inform the student of the events as they occurred and it is recommended, because it is a duty and an obligation, to inform and teach what it is.