Student Janio Salazar Zamora from the University of Granma defined the projects of Cuba’s economic and social conceptualization model of socialist development as a new Moncada program, which keeps Fidel’s thinking alive in the face of the current moments and challenges.
During the National Council of the University Student Federation (FEU) Salazar Zamora highlighted that the documents approved in the 7th Congress of the Party become a guide for the action of the current and future generations to guarantee the continuity of the Revolution and Socialism.
That’s why, in the analysis of both projects FEU members of the leadership became responsible for their realization. In this regard, there were voices advocating the training, upgrade and use of the human potential, science, technology and innovation and the quality of education, as well as the contribution of universities to the social and economic development.
When analyzing the document on the conceptualization of the Cuban social and economic model, some student leaders warned about the need to pinpoint the concept of key means of production. And others like Raúl Palmero, from the University of Havana called to restrain the concentration of ownership and wealth arising from the non-state management methods.
Yanet Lezcano Arango, from the University of Camagüey said that the state should establish and control the pricing policy in the different management methods. FEU chairwoman Jenniffer Bello Martínez asked for clarification of the people’s socialist ownership, which would be the activities released by the state to gain concentration capacity in its main functions.
About the National Plan of Economic and Social Development the students suggested, for instance, to include economic studies among the priorities of the country. In addition, they defended the idea of control, formulation and implementation of public policies to be exercised by the state bodies at different levels.
Other statements tackled the improvement of the demographic structure taking into account sexual and reproductive health, as well as the budget to be allocated to universities, so they can contribute from innovation. In this regard other students proposed the need for a greater emphasis on the quality of services, since that also contributes to economic development.
During the debate, member of the Politburo of the Party and First Vice-president of the Councils of State and Governments Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez stressed that we cannot disregard the Revolution’s methods favoring consult, debate and contribution, since they are a spin-off of our democracy.
None of us knows more than everybody together, he said when referring to the broad review of documents developed in the country since last June, which will allow to have more solid documents. In this regard, he praised the preparation, maturity and sense of belonging displayed by the youth in their proposal.
First UJC Secretary Susely Morfa González highlighted the students’ contribution to the documents and some others to arise from the assemblies in the classrooms. That was also expressed by Bello Martínez who highlighted the mission they have as a generation to consolidate the future of Cuba.
Renewed vision of a congress
FEU has updated the 145 agreements emerged from its 8th Congress, held in June 2013, with the aim of keeping, eliminating, integrating, modifying and devising new agreements.
In the proposal presented in the National Council, FEU chairwoman said that there are now 178 agreements keeping matters related to the work, the university extension, the teaching and research, the political-ideological work and communication.
The agreements have been accomplished at 75%, while 25% is being implemented. In the work front 27 agreements are cut down to 12, and the election process is included, with the proposal of a correct planning, coordination and management of it.
During the National Council, representatives from the ministries attached to the universities, talked about the forthcoming school year, as well as the modifications to be implemented.
Higher Education Minister José Ramón Saborido said that the integration of universities taking place in Havana this year is in the final stage. He said that with the modification of access to the university without entrance examination, the number of vacancies almost trebled, exceeding 85 000.
He assured that the bibliography for English lessons is ready, and a determined level is expected for those graduating from the university. Although the implementation policy is not finished, the short cycle level of Higher Education will be included.
For his part, member of the Politburo of the Party and Minister for Public Health Roberto Morales Ojeda, said that medicine studies saw an increase of 6 000 vacancies this year, and efforts are underway to improve the quality of teaching. He stressed that this year every student will have the basic module of texts and around 200 labs in the basic sciences of specialties will be opened.
Many of these changes are rooted in the statements emerged from the FEU congress, said the ministers.
Translated by ESTI