Back to school on 22 August 2016
The Ministry of Education announced the official start date for the public schools in the Dominican Republic is 22 August 2016, for an estimated 2 million students. Education Minister Carlos Amarante Baret said this year one out of every three classrooms is newly built, a result of part the massive school construction plan under the Medina administration.
Amarante said that last year the Ministry invested RD$19 billion in school construction and RD$3 billion in teacher training. Around 4,000 school principals are also participating in school administration courses. He observed that when a school director is good, the school is good and takes a leadership position in the community.
Amarante said the biggest challenge is the retraining of school teachers. He says over the past four years, the government has provided 213,000 scholarships for 87,000 public school teachers. He explained taht they are in the middle of the difficult task of evaluating the preparedness of 89,000 teachers, staff and directors of public schools.
While the Association of Public School Teachers is asking for a 25% wage increase for teachers across the board, the Minister countered saying that the goal is to award wage increases to teachers who pass the competency tests.
The Minister noted that elementary teachers can
earn RD$43,000 per month and high school teachers can receive a monthly salary of RD$50,000. Both pay scales include incentives for the completion of a college degree and based on years in service and performance in the classroom.
He also announced that the school construction program will continue nationwide. Most of the schools under construction will offer instruction to students from 8am to 4pm.
Source: DR1, Elnacional
July 28, 2016
Category: DR News |