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University of Panama Sends Cases Against Students to Public Ministry

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Gustavo García de Paredes - Rector of the University of Panama
Gustavo García de Paredes - Rector of the University of Panama
The authorities of the University of Panama have informed the Public Ministry on the disciplinary proceedings they are conducting against some university students, after the riots and clashes with riot control police on Friday, 25 May 2012, said the rector of the institution Gustavo Garcia de Paredes. He said all of the students have been notified so they can present their defense, but they did not appear, so notices were published in the newspaper, where they were again notified that they have five days to do so. If the students do not present any kind of a defense, Garcia de Paredes said the process will continue, conclude, and then later the matter will go to the Academic Council where the sanctions will be applied to these students, which can range from a reprimand to their removal from the school.

As for the accreditation of the house of Octavio Mendez Pereira (the University of Panama), which was supposed to start today, Garcia de Paredes said it was suspended due to the environment which has been maintained at the university in recent days, because it is not right to receive the visit of external peers. According to the chancellor of the UP, the appointment of the external peers who are responsible for making the assessment, was done in a personal manner, so he is not in agreement, and he did not rule out the possibility of conflicts, and given this scenario it would be best to go to the House. He added while speaking to Telemetro that when he was a member of the National Council of Assessment and Accreditation of Panama, they never gave him the power to appoint the external peers as was given to Mrs. Mariana de McPherson, and he also thinks they did not comply with the law. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: Octavio Mendez Pereira was the founder and the first Rector of the University of Panama. Mariana de McPherson is the Executive Secretary of the Consejo Nacional de Evaluación y Acreditación Universitaria de Panamá (Coneaupa) (National Assessment and Accreditation Council of Panama). They are in the process of reviewing the accreditation of all of the universities in Panama, and the University of Panama is no exception.

Now it all makes sense. Now I know why Gustavo Garcia de Paredes has made this sudden about-face in his dealings with the perennial protesters (left wing terrorists) who have been using the University of Panama as a headquarters for decades. For the first time in history (practically) the "peers" (inspectors) from the Coneaupa will be going through the University of Panama with a fine tooth comb, to make sure they are meeting all requirements and specifications. And, Gustavo Garcia de Paredes already knows they are not in compliance. In this interview he's setting the ground work for a future confrontation, complaining about how Mariana de McPherson was the person who appointed the "peers" (inspectors) who will be conducting the evaluation. He came right out and predicted there will be "conflicts" as part of this process. In fact, the Coneaupa has the power to either cancel or suspend the University of Panama's accreditation if they fail to live up to the established standards. In short, Gustavo Garcia de Paredes knows what's coming, and he doesn't like it. He's been living in his little fiefdom for decades as the ruling king of the University, and (go figure) Martinelli has figured out a way to even break that one apart. How's that for the democratic change, eh? Gustavo Garcia de Paredes is punishing these students as a little preemptive ass kissing, but it might have been too little, too late. Think of the Coneaupa inspection process as an audit. Sound familiar?

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