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Source: Chamber of Deputies of Chile

Unanimously, the Chamber of Deputies passed resolution 538 that seeks to standardize the food benefits of educational establishments, to students of the higher level of special language schools.

The text indicates that in the last decades, the enrollment of students with different special educational needs in the school system has grown significantly. Between 1995 and 2012 with a growth of children with specific language disorders, which went from more than 8 thousand in 1996 to more than 100 thousand in 2012, which constitutes a growth of 1,250% in only 15 years.

Special language schools serve children from the senior middle level (3 years) to kindergarten (5 years, 11 months). Of the number of students served, only those under transition levels have the right to food that considers breakfast, lunch, eleven and, in some cases, third collation, benefiting students from families of the Chile Solidario program.

However, the children of the Higher Middle Level (between 3 and 4 years) are not beneficiaries of the School Feeding Program, PAE, despite the fact that many of them are considered as vulnerable or priority, and taking into account that This age is crucial for the development of cognitive and social abilities.

The deputies indicate that this discrimination only affects these schools, since the students Junji and Integra do feed in their establishments.

“This situation violates the essential rights and the principle of equality before the law of the children of this level, since if two brothers attend language school, one in the middle school level and the other in pre-K, how do you He explains that one can have lunch and the other cannot? ”they argued.

The resolution also proposes that the current system of application to schools be considered (Law 20,845 of School Inclusion), to make visible the offer of Special Language Schools, so that they exist as a valid, efficient and close alternative for those parents who They need to solve their children’s language problem, also showing their educational projects.

The proposal was raised by the deputies PS Fidel Espinoza, Emilia Nuyado, Raúl Leiva and Daniella Cicardini; PPD Cristina Girardi; DC Victor Torres; PR Alejandro Santana; and IND Raul Soto.

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