It is a fact that pupils coming from public schools in general have more trouble getting into public universities than pupils from private schools. Why? The reason is simple: public schools in Venezuela are of very bad quality. The level is so incredibly bad and so many people want to enter universities (nobody in Venezuela seems to have some appreciation for non-university technical studies) that public universities need to make an exam to select the best or, rather, the least bad. Still, they are overstretched.
Now Chávez wants to force them to accept more people and not 10% or 20% more. The Chávez regime is trying to force public universities to double the amount of students they accept. Universities have already been forced to accept students who would have not been accepted otherwise. As the academic level those students have is so bad, universities have to put teachers to give many extra hours of preparation. The problem is: there are only a limited amount of university teachers. Many of them, specially in the engineering and sciences, now have to give courses that should have been given in secondary school and in doing so all students at universities are getting less and less of what they need.
The government wants to force universities to accept quotas for each "school". The real purpose is to introduce as many Chavez supporters in as possible and so, to try to control the student representative commissions. Many of those "schools" the government has in mind are just groups of Chavistas who are way past their twenties and who are used just for political purposes. They are not "poor people getting a chance" (mind: my own father was a poor guy who got many decades ago a scholarship to do his secondary school and then a scholarship to go to university).
The government had previously introduced a series of "university studies" in so-called Bolivarian universities that are nothing but a farce. Students in those centres have started to realise their 2 to 3-year "engineer studies" or "medicine studies" do not qualify them for the real market. 2 or 3 years of engineer studies in Venezuela are even much less than what they can mean in Europe or the US as students begin with much lower math and language skills. People are abandoning the Bolivarian universities in throws.
Chávez and his band think they can solve the disenchantment of those students and at the same time use them to control other universities by forcing universities to accept quotas established by the government.
Why doesn't Chávez face what needs to be done in the first place? First he needs to improve the level of primary and secondary schools by a lot. We have pleaded to take part in the PISA programme of academic evaluation to determine how prepared Venezuelan pupils are in the world. That would show Chávez what needs to be done.
We have already proposed other things for improving education in Venezuela. You can read them HERE. If you have more ideas, let me know.
Ps: if you ask around you will see almost all those Chavista big bosses have their children in private schools.
Ps2: In case you think I just talk from the point of view of the "aristocracy":
My whole family and I studied at public schools and went to public universities. We had to have good grades and pass tests. We know the limitation of public schools and know the first thing that needs to be done is improve the schools, not shove completely unprepared people into universities that are chock-a-block