Sweeping pact overhauls Dominican Republic’s education
Santo Domingo.- President Danilo Medina Tuesday night said Dominican Republic’s National Education Reform Pact, signed at the National Palace by representatives from numerous sectors, will not be just “wet paper,” and will mark a before and after instead.
Speaking after signing the document, Medina stressed that “this educational pact starts today. This Pact does not end with its signing. If so, we would be at a great failure, a failure which our country cannot afford.”
The President stressed the people’s exemplary participation during the process, with more than 9,000 citizens proposing 35,477 ways to improve the education system. “The educational pact starts today. And that’s so because with that signature we commit our word, each and every Dominican. This pact is binding to the President of the Republic, and of course, commits the Education and Higher Education ministers and the entire Administration in general.”
He also noted that the Pact also commits teachers, school principals and deans of universities, fathers and mothers and in the same manner, commits the students of all ages.
Medina said many of the actions contained in the signed document are already underway such as obligatory education starting at three years of age, and construction of 100 daycare centers concluded just this year.
Medina added that the Government also works so that more than 80% of the public school students will form part of the full-day program before yearend 2016.
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