The Faculty of Medicine of the National University of La Plata ordered the cessation of Dr. Silvia González Ayala’s activities and the decision seems to be the initial kick of a new controversy in that academic unit.

Dated April 19, and signed by the vice-dean Mónica Esther Ferreras, resolution 392 defines “ordering the dismissal of Professor Dr. Silvia Elena González Ayala in the positions of ordinary rented semi-dedication professor of the chair of Infectious Diseases of the Medicine career and tenured simple temporary tenured professor in the subject of infectious diseases of the Former School of Human Resources of the Health Team -Degree in Obstetrics-, as of 04/20/22, by virtue of having fulfilled the established term in Art. 8 of Resolution 1067/18 of the University”.

The resolution argues that González Ayala “on June 10, 2019, made the option by which he requested the closure of computations”, that “on March 15, 2021, the aforementioned teacher was given the respective certifications of services and remuneration”, and “that the term established in Art. 8 of Resolution 1067/18 of the University has been fulfilled”.

In his defense, González Ayala assures that he has not requested the retirement procedure, that the closing of the calculations “was sent from the Rector’s Office” and that although he does not believe it is “essential, I consider that I can continue providing services.”

In the text, González Ayala makes it clear at no time did he begin the process to retire and that in an interview with Dean Juan Basualdo “he told me that it was a routine procedure and that he was in the same situation.”

He also points out that “the lexicon” used in the resolution caught his attention and makes a strong criticism of what is experienced in Medicine by pointing out “the situation of profound crisis in which the teaching-learning process finds itself in this
Academic Unit marked by the loss of values, a sustained decrease in educational quality, the political bias (not seen in recent decades) in the transmission of knowledge in some Chairs, the loss of the teacher/student relationship, among others”.

In another paragraph, he adds that “I must record what this decision implies in the Degree in Obstetrics, since the permanent teaching staff is limited to three (3) positions and one Fellow and the number of
Students for this Academic Year is two hundred and sixty (260). I would appreciate it if you would kindly inform the Professor(s) who will be in charge of the respective Chairs in order to carry out the transfer of the database for the Exams and the bases so that they can continue with the Programming process”, while “I request the corresponding authorization to carry out the activity scheduled for next Monday the 25th”.

His departure from the chair of infectious diseases of the Bachelor of Obstetrics career implies that in the subject there are only one adjunct professor, one graduate assistant and one intern for 260 students.

González Ayala was teaching her students until last night without knowing that at that time she was already laid off from her activities since it was only when she returned home that she received the news of the arrival of the resolution. “I wasn’t surprised by the rumours, but I didn’t think it would be so fast,” she told

She began her career as a Student Assistant by competition in the Chair of Histology and Embryology in charge of Prof. Dr. Julián Echave Llanos, in the middle of 1968, and all the positions were obtained by competition until she reached Full Professor in the Career of Medicine.

In the Bachelor of Obstetrics course, she was appointed by the director of the course, Prof. Grosso Sheridan, in 1981.


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