Monday, October 20, 2014

Misguided Opinions

Misguided Opinions / Fernando Damaso
Posted on October 20, 2014

It comes to my attention that in recent months the World Bank has
reported that, according to their evaluation, Cuba has one of the best
public education systems in the world, with acceptable teacher pay, and
the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has said something
similar about the public health system.

What's more, CNN has placed Cuba among the ten countries with the
highest level of public hygiene. With the majority of my years having
been lived in Cuba, and having suffered and continuing to suffer from
one system or another, it seems to me like a bad joke.

It seems that those who make these assessments use official data from
the Cuban authorities to prepare their analysis and come to their
conclusions, without taking the trouble to investigate and conform their

If they took a tour — without official authorization nor government
handlers — of our schools, polyclinics and hospitals (and not of the
facilities prepared for visitors), they would see that the reality is
very different from the statistical data.

They would find deteriorated schools, without adequate conditions to
support the teaching process, hot, dark, unhygienic and with many
"improvised" teachers, and the polyclinics and hospitals are in a
deplorable state, lacking in hygiene, the technical means and equipment
to care for patients, lacking in medicines, and in the case of those
admitted, with terrible food, as well as medical attention offered
primarily by students or recent graduates, as the better prepared are
pressed into service in other counties, for which the State receives
important economic and political earnings.

Propaganda toward the outside is one thing and the internal reality is

Since I know that these assessments do not reflect the truth, I also
question that released about other countries, both for and against,
because I think they use the same bureaucratic method.

The terrible thing is that this serves, wittingly or otherwise, to
provide a misleading picture of two systems that Cubans have to endure
daily. It's like the story of the torturer asking the tortured not to
scream because he was enjoying one of the greatest torture in the world.

13 October 2014

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