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Catholic schools to operate as public schools

The Ministry of Education and the Conference of the Dominican Episcopate signed a framework agreement yesterday, Thursday 10 December 2015, opening the way for 130,000 children to study at Catholic schools free of charge. The agreement was signed by Minister of Education Carlos Amarante Baret and the president of the Dominican Episcopate, Monsignor Gregorio Nicanor Pena Rodriguez under the premise that education is public and free, with the added value of religious instruction in schools belonging to or administered by the Church.

The agreement establishes that 300 schools under the Catholic Church will operate as public schools in administrative and educational aspects.

The agreement establishes that the Ministry of Education will pay the schoolteachers, administration and support staff, and will include the staff of the Catholic schools in training programs implemented by the Ministry.

While Catholic schools would be run under the public school umbrella, the agreement also establishes a category of public schools that would be managed by Catholic educational and administrative staff.

Source: DR1, Elcaribe

Dec 11, 2015

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