After “free healthcare,” “free education” is the next favorite thing defenders of Cuba’s apartheid dictatorship like to trot out as an achievement of the Castro revolution. What these advocates for apartheid and tyranny in Cuba do not mention, however, is that nothing in this world is free, and that includes Castro’s Cuba.
Cuban students pay a very high and dear price for their “education.” The price is not measured in dollars, but in something much more valuable: life. In order to receive a “free education” in Cuba you must give your life to the Castro regime. Or to put it in more bluntly, you must become their slave.
In Cuba students have to pay for “free” education with spying for secret police
One of the most misunderstood myths about the Castro’s regime is right for free education guaranteed by the state. Although it sounds attractive it would be an act of self-deception to believe that the illegitimate totalitarian state offers any “rights” to its citizens.
On April 12th, 2017 the Central University of Las Villas decided to expel Karla María Pérez, even though she had obtained the only place of journalism offered to her native province. Karla entered the university thanks to her outstanding marks. She was a student of excellence, but she did not sympathise with Marxism.
That poor 18-year-old girl had found an affinity in the ideas of the dissident organisationSomos+. This movement of peaceful opposition is led by young Eliécer Ávila, who was also a brilliant student and dared to call into question the system from a leadership position.
After Karla refused to be recruited as an informant of the State Security, which is the regime’s body responsible for repression of political activists, the FEU conducted a poll to determine whether she should be expelled from the university. The vote yielded the result of 8 out of 14 in favour of the expulsion. Karla was then expelled, despite her high academic achievements. The young student will attempt to exhaust all possible appeal options, but the prospects are not hopeful for her.
Many students and teachers have been expelled from universities because the Cuban educational system attaches greater importance to ideology than to the academic knowledge. Proponents of the “Revolution”, or those who seem to accept it, are enjoying free education. But those who do not sympathise with what is, in reality, a cruel military dictatorship are being denied that right.
Programming in Marxism from childhood
The alignment of the Castro regime with Marxism led to the political indoctrination that begins in the early years of childhood in Cuba. The children’s day-care centers were founded as a Castroist version of kindergartens. The membership in the “pioneer” movement, which is a child and and adolescent adaptation of Communist youth, is obligatory for the students of the primary and secondary schools.
To leave no room for doubt about the indoctrination of pioneers, the motto they must daily recite is: “Pioneers, for Communism, we will be like Che!” For those who are still unfamiliar with facts, Che is no other than the bloodthirsty Argentinean guerrilla Ernesto Guevara, who shot thousands of Cubans in La Cabaña fortress in 1959, without judicial trial or after expedited and rigged trials. Almost all children, with rare exceptions, must become pioneers.
At upper secondary level, many students are encouraged to join Cuba’s Communist Youth (UJC), which is the prelude to Cuba’s Communist Party. The membership at the UJC is taken into account, when it comes to being admitted to Cuban universities.
The government determines what studies and how many places are offered in university classrooms, in accordance with the centralised Marxist planning system. Consequently, a student might not study what he or she wants, having to make do with something else.
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