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Brain drain: Shortage of professors in Castrogonia forces retired faculty back into the classroom

Ramiro Comillas y Barriganza, Former Dean of Arts and Letters, reacts to the news

Ramiro Comillas y Barriganza, Dean emeritus of Arts and Letters, reacts to the news

The Castro dictatorship and its idolaters around the world love to cite all sorts of hollow figures when they argue that Castroism has provided excellent educational opportunities for Cubans.

The praise has always been undeserved, as anyone who has had to suffer through Castroite schools well knows.

The only excellent education provided for Cubans is the one enjoyed by the lucky few who are sent abroad for their studies.

Along comes some proof of this today: a professor shortage.

Will any Castro idolaters around the world change their minds now?  Don't bet on it.  They will simply blame it on the "blockade" and its effects, or on the "selfishness" of those scholars and scientists who were smart enough to flee.

A retired Cuban professor reacts to the news

Professor emeritus Yamayita Garcia-Smirnov reacts to the news

From Fox News Lateeeeen-oh:

Cuba recalls retired professors to cover university deficit

The Cuban government has authorized universities to hire professors already retired in the same positions they had before retiring, in order to cover the existing deficit of educators.

The Council of Ministers' decision, published in the official gazette, will allow retired university professors to return "by age" to the classroom and be paid the regular salary plus their current pension, which could motivate many to offer their services.

The measure has precedents at other educational levels, to which thousands of retired teachers have returned in recent years.

In 2008, President Raul Castro urged retired teachers to resume their careers and approved a legal framework allowing them to work without losing either their income or their rights as pensioners.

In the case of universities, the government now says that "it has become necessary to ensure the human resources and the infrastructure needed to improve the quality of higher education."

University education in Cuba currently has 67 institutions and 35,000 instructors and researchers, official media said.

With this ruling, Cuba continues its adjustments to deal with problems in the field of education, once a showpiece of the Cuban Revolution.

In recent years, difficulties in the sector have become a source of controversy on the island, where students represent almost a fifth of the population. EFE

3 comments to Brain drain: Shortage of professors in Castrogonia forces retired faculty back into the classroom

  • asombra

    Yamayita won't go back to teaching. She makes lots more money off Canadians willing to pay for "local color."

  • asombra

    The real problem is not having enough faculty; that's a side issue. The problem is the perverted nature of the education system, which was turned into a political indoctrination tool from the beginning of the "revolutionary" process for the benefit of the regime. This includes all manner of deliberate omissions, distortions and outright lies, since everything must be made to fit the official narrative. We're not so much talking education as mind control, since the regime is far more interested in useful tools than in brilliant intellects, unless the latter are prepared to serve the regime's purposes. It's all a rotten stew, and it's not even "free," since nothing can be free if it costs you your freedom.

  • asombra

    Dean Ramiro looks very distinguished, at least as much as the President of Uruguay.