Although the issues that stand out in the crisis of this country – crime and lack of food for the people – are not the only problems facing Venezuela today, you can even say that the most serious is this, which is education at all levels.
Since 2015, when the situation in the country had worsened, there has been a decline in the student population in general, where the most affected sectors are primary and secondary education where students generally cannot work and are directly dependent on the economic situation of their parents or representatives.
Currently, the primary and secondary education has decreased its student population by up to 40% according to national polls, which means that almost half are not attending classes. The causes are mainly economic; many parents do not have to pay for uniforms, school supplies, and even daily transportation to the school in question.
All this has generated that more than 300 schools are at risk of closing because not only is there a deficit of students, but also teachers. Because these teachers currently do not have a salary or working conditions that guarantee economic integrity, this has also affected in a great measure the still existing student population because in many cases, there are no teachers to see classes. This forces them to be instructed by less prepared substitutes or simply pass subjects without having learned them.
This is a phenomenon that has been noted because in many neighborhoods and urbanizations there have been children seen in the streets that do not go to classes and, in many cases, they are looking for some kind of work that allows them to earn money to help in their households and at other times asking for food or money in the streets.