Díaz-Canel calls for more brainwashing in Cuba’s educational system

From our Bureau of Socialist Solutions to Problems Created by Socialism with some assistance from our Bureau of Epic Brainwashing Campaigns

Trucutú Díaz-Canalla has a fever, and the only prescription is MORE BRAINWASHING. Yes, Castro, Inc.’s top meat puppet is dissatisfied with the number of Cuban professionals with insufficient “revolutionary” spirit. As he sees it, what Castrogonia needs is a greater number of die-hard repressors who will be ideologically pure.

These hyper-revolutionary professionals will then be able to stifle all dissent and create a better-indoctrinated population that will never complain about anything. Yes, you’ve got that right. The best way to tackle issues such as repression, shortages, and misery is to create a cadre of professionals and educators who will stifle dissent and teach the natives how to NEVER complain.

Loosely translated from Diario de Cuba

Miguel Díaz-Canel is not satisfied with the indoctrination that students already receive in Cuban universities and has called for “more intentionality” in “ideological formation,” intervening on Wednesday at the balance meeting of the Ministry of Higher Education (MES).

According to information provided about the meeting by the official portal Cubadebate, it was the ruler, not the officials who direct the agency, who defined the main challenge of the MES.

As is customary in the discourse of regime officials, Díaz-Canel blamed the United States Government for the deterioration of university infrastructures and low academic results.

The First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) stated that the “economic suffocation” and “media intoxication” —which he described as “the two components of the maximum pressure policy applied by the US Government, seeking to overthrow the Revolution”— have a “strong impact” on MES institutions.

“Investments are halted, infrastructure is worn out,” and it even “leads to deterioration in Higher Education indicators,” the ruler enumerated as supposed consequences of US policy, as cited by Cubadebate.

On the other hand, he mentioned a supposed “media intoxication,” to which he attributed the demands for food and power, but also for freedom, from Cubans who protested in the streets of Santiago de Cuba and other territories on March 17. This “also requires more intentionality in a group of aspects of the ideological formation of students and teachers, especially that they have a critical rather than uncritical position on social media,” he said.

According to the state media, Díaz-Canel emphasized “professional competencies, moral qualities, ideological principles” that, in his opinion, a Cuban university graduate should have. The ruler defined those “capabilities acquired during the training process” as “the main challenge facing MES today.

According to the PCC’s first secretary, to contribute to Cuba’s development, the professional “must be a revolutionary professional,” which on the island means being aligned with the regime.

The Observatory of Academic Freedom (OLA) has exposed numerous cases of professors who have been expelled from Cuban universities due to their critical stances toward power.

At the MES meeting, Díaz-Canel also invoked the mantra of innovation, which he maintained is what “will make the difference” amid the profound economic crisis facing Cuba, which he referred to as “in the conditions we are in.”

The Cuban ruler complained that professionals in public administration and the business sector “lack that innovative vocation or passion for science and research.”

He also called for further developing “international cooperation and the export of services, up to the level of new business models,” as cited by Cubadebate.

Professionals, mainly in health, have become the main export item of the Havana regime in recent years.

In 2020, the government earned 6,879,664.9 million pesos from the export of services, according to official figures.

Exported professionals report being subjected to surveillance and severe restrictions on their freedoms.

In early January, the United Nations again pointed out the Cuban regime for the persistence of violations of the rights of exported workers, especially doctors sent on “internationalist missions,” and warned that the governments of Italy, Qatar, and Spain could be considered complicit in these mechanisms.

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