Dozens of National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) students are holding an assembly on Sunday to discuss further actions following their September 26 strike against the new syllabus and internal regulations.
The IPN is one of the biggest universities in Mexico. It has more than 170,000 students and about 17,000 teachers.
Several campuses all over Mexico City have been taken over by the students since last week after IPN authorities approved a new internal regulation and modified the syllabus.
Each of those campuses elected representatives to attend Sunday´s assembly. Students guarding the occuped campuses state that numerous police agents have been gathering near the facilities, raising fears of an eventual police operation to retake the buildings.
The students assert that the modifications lower the institution educational level by eliminating several important “scientific” subjects and creating new “technical” ones that do not provide quality teaching.
The students also said the new modifications will impose obligatory fees for extracurricular activities, such as arts and sports, that have always been free of charge.
Meanwhile, a group students severely criticised IPN rector Yoloxochitl Bustamante, who said last week during an interview that the protests might be promoted by “external agents.”
Despite the IPN authorities freezing the new regulations after the September 26 strike, when about 10,000 students marched in Mexico City, students refuse to call off the strike until authorities eliminate the modifications.
Sunday’s assembly will also discuss how IPN students will commemorate the October 2, 1968 student massacre, when 30 to 300 people were killed by the Mexican army for staging a rally against the government in Tlatelolco square.