translated from Spanish: Historic: National Institute will receive students starting this month

The Municipality of Santiago, sustainer of the National Institute, obtained the authorization of the Ministry of Education to move the establishment from male to plurigenérico only, that is, from now on, it can receive its first students in 207 years of history.
With mineduc’s Official Recognition of Gender Expansion, the National Institute will be able to incorporate nearly 250 students into the seventh basic year, through an extraordinary admission process that will be developed through a public register that assigns vacancies on a first-come, first-served basis, as established by the School Admission System.
Vacancies will open next Monday and will be in person, at the headquarters of the National Institute, located at Arturo Prat 33 street.
«This is a historic milestone, the most important in the 207 years of life of the National Institute. Thanks to the efforts made by the Municipality to comply with what the educational community itself asked us and that we assume as a commitment, for the first time the bulwark of public education of the country will receive its first students, through a special admission process,» explained the Mayor of Santiago, Felipe Alessandri.
The community chief added that «in order to achieve the new Official Recognition by Mineduc, more than 297 million pesos were invested in completely remodeling and improving hygiene services as well as dressing rooms, as well as enabling a special one for students, as set forth in the regulations» and added that this important milestone in the life of the Institute «responds to the new times that our education lives , and that invites us to put aside differences to focus solely on the integral development of our students,» said the edil.
Transforming the National Institute into a plurigenérico lyceum is an initiative that was born from the educational community of the National Institute itself in early 2019 and has been supported from the beginning by the Municipality.
The Head of Institutional Management of the Education Directorate of Santiago, Barbara Soto, commented on the process that «our teams worked hard for months to fulfill this commitment made to the community, which was a key process to regain trusts». On the entry of women she emphasized that «this is a historic day, because the emblem of public education opens its doors to girls who will allow to cement in it the foundations of a new country, more inclusive, empathetic and with greater opportunities for women».
The Municipality and the University of Chile have a collaboration agreement to support the National Institute in different areas, including the beginning of this new stage. «This is a great time because, together with the authorities of the Municipality of Santiago, in the work we are doing at the National Institute, it has been achieved that from this year it becomes a plurigenérica institution, and that for us is tremendously important. It is a reason for tremendous celebration for the University of Chile, it is a reason to thank this joint work with the Municipality, and we are sure that this will mean a substantive, conceptual, and material step in the reconstruction of an education system. Public education is a system that is articulated at all levels, and this alliance between two historical institutions, such as the University of Chile and the National Institute is very, symbolically and materially,» said the Rector, Ennio Vivaldi.
For the entrance of girls to the National Institute, a complete remodeling of six bathrooms was developed located in the different pavilions of the establishment, which included replacement of pavements, wall coverings, paint, new separators, in addition to new sanitary appliances, new luminaire and the incorporation of new channeling of drinking water and sewerage.
In addition, a sector of dressing rooms for girls located in the underground of the institute was enabled. The interventions that were made were the incorporation of a new channeling of drinking water and sewerage, the implementation of individual showers with separators, new luminaire and replacement of floor and wall coverings.
Also contemplated is the restoration of the central court, which is estimated to be completed by the end of April, in addition to the large medium-term project that considers the total remodeling of the classrooms.
To this end, the project of improvedto integral pavilions, which include the complete remodeling of classrooms, including changing the total cladding on floors; incorporation of thermoacoustic coating in skies and walls; removal of pallets; installation of thermopanel windows; new doors and electrical system and the total painting of the enclosure. All of the above requires an estimated investment of about $3.5 billion, for which it is applying for Central Government funds.

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