Former Finance Minister Nicolás Eyzaguirre (2000-2006) provoked a firestorm of criticism late last week in a speech to leaders from the Party for Democracy (PPD) which skewered the apparent class-based nature of Chile’s educational system and fueled speculation he may be jostling to become the next education minister.
“I attended a snobby high school,” said Eyzaguirre, speaking at a conference commemorating the PPD’s 26 years of existence. “I went to Colegio del Verbo Divino. And I can tell you that many of the students in my class were complete idiots. Today, however, they are important business leaders. Which is logical: they had the right kind of social network. In our society there is no meritocracy whatsoever.”If we all got what we deserve, no one would escape whipping.