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Crisis at some public schools

The school year is affected by teacher work stoppages in several parts of the country. Some schools have not begun classes.

The school year began 27 days ago and last Friday, 15 September 2017, there was already a teachers’ strike. On Tuesday, 19 September 2017, educators will organize vigils around the country and on Wednesday, 20 September, teachers will demonstrate at the Ministry of Education on Máximo Gómez Avenue in the National District.

The strikes and protests are part of the Dominican Teachers’ Association (ADP) strategy to pressure the government to reinstate the 1,818 teachers who were fired this past summer. The teachers were reportedly fired after an investigation showed they were collecting wages for work not rendered.

In Hato Mayor and in Neiba, the school year has not started due to the cancellation of 130 teachers. In San Pedro de Macorís teachers went on an indefinite strike last Friday and in La Romana they are threatening to do the same unless 125 teachers who were dismissed are reinstated.

The standoff between the union and the authorities increased last week when teacher María Rosalba Ureña Arias, from Santiago, committed suicide after she had been removed from the payroll in May. Colleagues and family of Urena Arias said that she was suffering from depression and was not working.

Her family said that the school authorities told her in order to be paid she would have to return to work. Education Minister Andres Navarro received her family in his office and offered his condolences.

Source: DR1, Hoy

Sep 19, 2017

Category: DR News |

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