Wednesday, March 14 2012 @ 02:25 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: Yeah! Go, Lucy! Breaking the back of yet another ingrained corrupt practice that has been going on in Panama for decades. It used to be that a small group of power brokers in the Ministry of Education could control who went to work where. If you paid a bribe you could get an appointment to a good school, closer to your house, better working conditions, work with your friends, or what have you. Even if maybe that person was not the most qualified for that position. However if you didn't play the game or pay a bribe you would be assigned to a remote one room schoolhouse in the Darien somewhere, and the people pulling the strings who hated you were really hoping you would quit and go away, even though you might be the most qualified teacher in the entire system. Yeah, this is a good thing. Transparency, used to break corruption. Go figure. And who's opposed to this change? Why, those who benefited from the old system, of course.