Insecurity in Cali reaches even the smallest. Extortion ranging from $1,000 to 1,500 pesos to be able to go to study, threats from invisible borders, smuggling and drug consumption are the panorama of insecurity present in the 23 public educational institutions located in the east of the city.
Maria Castro, representative of the parents of Nuevo Latir, expressed her concern about the situation. “As the mother of a family, I am concerned about the insecurities boys have.”
Coercion and insecurity lead to school dropouts in Cali
According to Cali’s Secretary of Education, this scenario of violence that affects students, families and directors of public institutions is one of the factors that has given rise to the student exodus in the city, which reaches 6.4 out of 160,000 students. Is.
Cali’s Education Secretary Jose Darwin Lenis also spoke about it. “We cannot allow more boys, girls and young people to enjoy their educational process and more boys and girls to be linked to gangs, mafias or micro-trafficking and psychoactive substance consumption. This affects their lives and makes them Takes them to a world from which it is difficult for them to get out.
Measures taken by the authorities to deal with insecurity in Cali
Local and national authorities set up an action table where measures were set out such as: the provision of metal detectors for the guards of institutions, as well as a greater presence of officers around schools and preventive efforts in security committees. and coexistence.
Gabriel Rondón, representative of the Ministry of the Interior in Valle del Cauca, explained that a focused process will begin with the mayor’s office and the department of DPS and Family Welfare, as well as to deepen and build support for the communities. a social investment. “There have been three meetings with the police to look at pedagogy strategies with specific students to eliminate some of the organizations affecting the educational community in the area.”
Hernando González, representative of the Chamber of Valle del Cauca, said, “We will continue to do this table periodically, every month, every two months, so that all of us who have come today can continue to meet and find solutions for these schools Can find.”
An investigative group was also established that seeks to identify and apprehend criminal gangs that intimidate and recruit minors for crime in the city.