Venezuela: Subversion Si, Study No

Latin America's troublesome students go out on strike at the pop of a firecracker: against the government, for Cuba, to oust professors, or anything else that catches their fancy. Last week, on the eve of final exams, the 18,725 students at Caracas' Central University were on strike for a brand-new reason: the right to flunk forever and still remain in school.

Students of Venezuela's state-supported universities won flunking privileges in the euphoric period following the 1958 ouster of Dictator Marcos Perez Jiménez. The government guaranteed admission without an entrance exam to any high school graduate, and wiped out all...

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