The public university is telling of the way socialism works in Argentina

Posters advertising student groups and causes near the front entrance of the Ciencias Sociales building, by Tara for TKGO.

It’s a public university (yeah, socialism). It was far better funded under Perón’s presidency, which means that while I was taking class in the Ciencias Sociales (Social Sciences) building during Christina Kirchner’s presidency, a piece of plaster fell off the ceiling and hit a girl in the head, so students and teachers were on strike for weeks. I don’t remember going to class in the building more than ten times the whole five months—many times we had class on the street in protest. Just peek into the building when it’s open on a weekday. All the posters on the walls are for student political activist groups, and students hand out flyers advertising their beliefs.

A classroom in the Ciencias Sociales (Social Sciences) building of La UBA on Ramos Mejía, by Tara for TKGO.

Students at La UBA usually enter the university right after high school at age 17 or 18, but they commonly work part-time to pay for rent, utilities, food, etc. (There are no dorms at a public university!) Most end up completing their required coursework after about six years, and processing the degree and getting all the required governmental sign-offs takes about two more years (during which they receive a temporary degree to show emplyers) before the actual graduation ceremony takes place.

Ramos Mejía 841 at Franklin.
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