Literacy graduation scandal costs 4 their jobs
The National Board of Literacy (Junta Nacional de Alfabetización) cleared National District Mayor Roberto Salcedo from responsibility in the Quisqueya Aprende Contigo graduation scandal.
The board instead recommended the firing of four coordinators of the adult literacy program, Quisqueya Aprende Contigo (Quisqueya learns with you). The coordinators of the program are accused of poorly handling the graduation event held 15 April 2016 at the Ministry of Defense.
National District Mayor Roberto Salcedo had a key participation in the event that was held during the peak days of his re-election campaign. Salcedo, the leading mayoral candidate at the time, would eventually lose his bid for a fourth term.
The event was organized by the Literacy Board of Greater Santo Domingo.
In a document that accompanied the findings of the investigation, the board says that Salcedo participated in the event to honor the graduates. The city government of Santo Domingo was asked to send the Folklore Ballet and its folk music group.
According to the Diario Libre, the commission found that there were political motives for “seeding” the audience at the graduation ceremony with “graduates” who had no idea why they were there. Many of these individuals later told television reporters that they had agreed to attend the event based on requests of local political leaders. Supposedly, a number of the guests in attendance received an cash incentive to participate in the ceremony.
In addition to the four firings, two other employees of Quisqueya Aprende Contigo were reprimanded in writing.
The president of the National Literacy Board, Gustavo Montalvo, said that the commission that investigated the case also recommended several improvements in the program’s management, including prohibiting mass graduation ceremonies during election campaigns and close to any other event of a political importance whether national provincial or local. Also Montalvo requested that the President of the Republic modify the decree that creates the National Literacy Plan in order to expand the composition of the technical team that supports the Literacy Plan and that this technical team presents a working plan for their operations for the next two years.
Members of the investigating commission were: Elena Viyella, Jose Ramon Holguin and Monsignor Lorenzo Vargas.
Source: Dr1, Elcaribe
Aug 5, 2016
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