The Minister of Education calls on teachers to fulfill Education Pact
SANTO DOMINGO. The Minister of Education, Carlos Amarante Baret, said yesterday that they have the right to demand that teachers fulfill the Education Pact and the school calendar and schedule, because in 2 years they have carried out in equal number of salary increases in this sector, and they have plans to carry out increases in 2015 and 2016.
Amarante Baret made this comment while he numbered the actions that they are carrying out “in order to achieve a quality education for your children” to members of the Associations of Parents Friends and Tutors of the Schools (APMAE).
“Not one minute of class is to be lost in Dominican schools!” he exclaimed in a clear allusion to the teachers, while he spoke during the “Great Meeting with the Family” in the Volleyball Pavilion of the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center.
For several months, the Dominican Association of Teachers (ADP) has demanded from the Ministry of Education a salary increase which at first they placed at 60%, but the Ministry offered them only 12%. At the present time they are studying a counter offer by the union of 25%.
“The family is the school”
In the act in which he headed together with First Lady Candida Montilla de Medina, the Minister of Education urged the parents to defend the “educational revolution” which the government is carrying out “because the future of your children is in this.”
He also asked them to reflect on their role in the schools where their children study. “If you attend the center, if you take care to know how your children are coming along in their studies, to see if they are behaving properly, in a disciplined manner, all told, if we are accompanying the school as is our duty,” he suggested.
As she gave the central speech during the activity, Montilla de Medina stressed that cooperation between parents and school is fundamental in order for the academic development of the student to be coherent. “The parents should get involved in the functioning of the school and participate in the common activities,” she said, and pointed out that studies have shown the effectiveness of the parent – school alliance in the results of the students.
The First Lady said that “a school – family relationship which is based on the ideals of love, comprehension, tolerance and cooperation is still possible.”
Both Belkis Almonte, the president of the APMAE, as well as Orlando Ferreras, of the Parents Federation, attested to the commitment that Dominican parents have with the success of the transformations that are being carried out in the schools. In fact, at the end of the meeting, parents from different regions told Diario Libre that they have observed a greater integration of the families in the schools. Nereida Rojas, a grandmother from Puerto Plata, said that she had never seen so many parents arguing with the teachers. “This is a marvelous experience,” she said. The Minerd has 68,865 APMAE registered, which contribute to the supervision of the children, the maintenance of the physical plant and the management of the economic resources.
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