Education Minister Tells of "Tales of Terror" In School Repair Contracts
Tuesday, February 14 2012 @ 02:38 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
Meanwhile, the leader of the Association of Teachers of Panama (Asoprof), Andres Rodriguez said this year the Meduca has scheduled the rehabilitation of schools nationwide. Rodriguez also said Meduca left the responsibility to the individual school principals for general (routine) repairs, using the Fund for Fairness and Quality of Education (FECE), which is for minor repairs of schools, for example, fixing doors or building new classrooms. "There are schools in Panama City that have problems of water, electricity, and bathrooms. The most recent case is that of the American Institute which does not have a roof," he said.
However, Minister Molinar said she has already spoken with the company about the situation at the American Institute and they agreed upon a work schedule that requires the contractor to have the classrooms ready. "Only one classroom will be without a roof for just one day, because the contractor was asked to do the additional work," said Molinar.
Across the country, the Meduca has contracted for improvement or maintenance work to 139 schools, and of those 72 projects have been delivered, said the National Chief of Maintenance, Guillermo Bernal. It was also learned that during 2012, Meduca is scheduled to improve 1,100 public school campuses around the country, purchasing materials programs for minor repairs through the FECE program, and using prison inmates on work release programs, in addition to the contracts that have been granted for the construction and repair schools. (Panama America)
Editor's Comment: Of all of the Ministers in the government of Ricardo Martinelli, it is my personal opinion that Lucy Molinar is doing the best job.