Controversy in Ñuñoa: historic high school director Augusto D’Halmar suspended

The mayor of Ñuñoa, emilia rioson 19 December initiated summary proceedings against the director of the Liceo Augusto D’Halmar, Jaime Andrade Jorquera -who remained in office for 28 years-, for alleged refusal to enroll repeaters for 2023. The prosecutor in charge of the procedure ordered, among other measures, the immediate suspension of the director’s duties, as well as the prohibition of his admission to educational institution.

The educational community of the Campus demonstrated against the measure in front of the Municipality on December 21 in a protest that brought together teachers, assistant teachers, parents and students.

According to the union of education workers of the Augusto D’Halmar high school in Ñuñoa, the investigation has a number of irregularities and does not respect due process. “The decision not to renew membership for the following year is made in the last week of December, and the director’s suspension was made before the membership renewal review process began.”

Likewise, they indicated that “the denial of enrollment is not part of the measures that are taken in this high school nor does it obey the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Education”.

They also point out that “the day following the start of the investigation, an external substitute director was appointed, without respecting the institutional hierarchy of appointing a member of the same body. Given the community’s demand, said director withdrew from the institute a few hours after taking office, as she stated that she had not been duly informed of the situation and that she felt misled”.

This forced the appointment of the municipal body’s current director of education as the new deputy director. According to the union, the measure was opposed by the community, which prompted threats to initiate administrative proceedings against officials who opposed the appointment. “This situation has been duly reported to the Labor Inspectorate,” they commented.

Response from the Municipality of Ñuñoa

In light of the facts, the Ñuñoa Health and Education Authority responded in a statement – signed by Mayor Emilia Ríos and dated December 21 – that it had received “several complaints and formal complaints”. That’s because the campus would deny enrollment to students for being “first-time repeaters at the establishment.”

From the Corporation they have found that this contravenes the decree 67, article 14, of the Mineduc.

In turn, they indicated that in the complaints “other types of situations were manifested which, if effective, are of the utmost gravity” because “it could constitute a crime of forgery in public deed”.

Meanwhile, they commented that “the denial of registration previously reported to parents would be rectified”.

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