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Monday, July 16 2018 @ 11:29 PM EDT

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Molinar Said They Will Discount The Classes Missed By The Teachers During The Strike

Schools & EducationThe Minister of Education, Lucy Molinar, said the main issue with the leader Yadira Pino is that she has not dared to tell the union members about the discounts in their paychecks, which was actually ordered before they signed the agreement.

Molinar said this outside of the interview because when she was questioned about the concerns of the Association of Teachers from Veraguas, who say they have not been assisted with a new schedule to recover the missed classes, and as a response the Minister strongly urged to put an end to this during this week.

“Would it be possible for them to recognize that the students have the right to be taken into account, so the country can see how far they’ve gone,” said Molinar.

The official opened the IX National Agricultural and Forest Olympics, carried out at the Coronel Segundo de Villarreal Institute in La Villa de Los Santos.

“We will see the results after a year of hard work with the teachers who have worked day and night training them for everything that will happen from today and on because we do not give them the opportunity to stand out,” she said.

The Minister also joined the students and teachers during the parade around the streets in La Villa de Los Santos. (Prensa)

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The University Of Panama Updates Its Curricula And Opens 25 More Careers

Schools & EducationThinking about educational excellence, the University of Panama (UP) is conducting a curriculum transformation process to include the renovation of 55 curricula and the introduction of new careers and an engineering school.

For the past several years, the UP has developed a process of metamorphosis in different careers offered, according to Miguel Angel Candanedo, general secretary of the UP.

He said the diagnoses in the labor market of the country has been a fundamental part to carry out a comprehensive review process of the curricula, aimed for the careers to respond to the advances in science and technology of our time, instead of being anachronistic.

There are at least 25 new careers in the fields of tourism, medicine, science, communication, engineering and technology.

NEW ENGINEERING SCHOOL

The innovation in the UP comes together with the new Engineering School, presented as a more economical alternative to those interested in this particular field.

This school has a total of 12 degrees to choose from, including Civil Engineering, specialized in Buildings and Infrastructure, as well as Industrial Engineering, Auditing and Management Processes, Mechatronics Engineering, Engineering in Risks Prevention, Safety and Environment.

The degrees will last from four to five years and will guarantee a complete mastery of the English language and technologies of information and communication to the students once they complete all of the courses.

This school will also be used as a pilot plan for the transition in the UP from having six-monthly courses to three-monthly courses. The engineering careers will cover three cycles of sixteen weeks per year, with a fixed holiday period from December 16 to January 15.

Currently, the University offers 150 degrees, distributed in 19 schools.

Those who are interested in continuing with their studies will have until next October 18 before the registration process ends. (Prensa)

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50 Students Were Arrested After Riot In Paitilla

Schools & EducationAt least 50 students were arrested by the Police after their demonstrations for the sale of the land where three schools are located in Paitilla turned into riots.

During the protest organized by the students, several people were affected by the pepper spray thrown by riot police units, while three units from the Metro Bus, as well as other vehicles, ended up with broken windows after the students were throwing rocks and other heavy objects.

Beyond this, the directors of the three schools in Paitilla, Richard Neumann, Isabel Herrera de Obaldía and Remón Cantera, went outside of the schools to ask the students to stop.

The Minister of Education, Lucy Molinar, said they will not take these schools out of Paitilla because there’s nowhere else to settle them.

Molinar said the students are driven by people who want to create uneasiness, and she blames these people for anything that happens, because they have been explained many times that they can’t sell the lands if they don’t have somewhere to settle them.

Martin Johns, director of one of the schools in Paitilla, said the protest organized by the students has no grounds, because they already know the lands will not be sold.

The teachers from the schools went to the streets to protest with pans, banners and chanting slogans. (TVN)

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Martinelli Said Teachers Who Are Not At Their Workplace Will Be Subject To The Law

Schools & EducationPresident Ricardo Martinelli sent a message today to all the teachers: whoever is not in his or her workplace by Monday will be subject to the law, because the students should not be missing any more classes.

"We cannot affect our students based on political reasons, led by a small group,” said the President, who also said if they have to fire someone they will.

The president gave this statement because even though the 920 decree was revoked, the teachers are still on strike, and are still protesting and blocking roads.

Martinelli invited the teachers to participate in a discussion if they have any inquiries, because he said “the government is willing to discuss this.”

Meanwhile, the Minister of Education, Lucy Molinar, in a somewhat disappointing tone of voice, said these type of situations should not be happening in the country, referring specifically to a bomb that was found in the headquarters of the Ministry of Education in La Chorrera, which alarmed the officials as this endangered their lives.

Molinar admitted there might be some differences, but not this type of action, and said it is possible the unions on strike might say the Meduca was the one responsible for leaving this explosive at the center.

The Minister said this event was “irrational” and it should never happen again. (Panama America)

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Teachers Blocked Calle 50 For The Second Time

Schools & EducationA group of teachers went on strike blocking Calle 50 for the second time right in front of the Office of the Ombudsman, this time, for the possible sale of land where certain schools are located in Paitilla.

The teachers are from the official schools Escuela Profesional Isabel Herrera de Obaldía, Escuela José Ramón Cantera and the Richard Neumann.

Members from teachers’ unions in the country joined them, who are requesting the Ministry of Education not to affect their salaries after they went on strike last week, when they were asking to have the decree 920 revoked.

In previous days, the teachers went on strike rejecting the decree 920, which was then revoked and published in the official gazette on Monday.

Heavy traffic was reported in the area after the teachers closed the streets. (Telemetro)

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The Ministry Of Education Will Revoke Decree 920 After Many Days Of Strike

Schools & EducationThe Minister of Education, Lucy Molinar, said she will revoke the Decree 920 after the strike organized by the teachers which has been affecting the Panamanian students.

Molinar said she regrets this decision and asked everyone to read the decree and understand they were not talking about privatizing education.

"We had to sit down and evaluate the issue, we informed everyone about the decree through the social networks (…),” we have taken the unfortunate decision of revoking the Decree 920, but I want to invite the entire country to read it so you can understand there was not a single line talking about privatizing education,” said Molinar during a press conference.

This was done to not affect the students, who can’t go to school, but she said she was sure that the teachers’ unions would come with another excuse to continue with their strike.

"We will do everything in our power so our students don’t have to suffer the consequences caused by a group of irresponsible people who only pursue these demonstrations for their personal interests,” she said.

The minister also emphasized that some people in these unions have a “political project.”

Meanwhile, upon hearing the news, the teacher Andrés Rodríguez said “this was a good decision from the Minister.” (Panama America)

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Vice Minister Of Education Encouraged Parents To Take Their Kids To School Tomorrow

Schools & EducationThe vice minister of Education, Mirna De Crespo, told parents during an interview with TVN News to take their kids to school tomorrow.

De Crespo said “tomorrow is a regular day of school, there have been rumors around chats and emails stating there are seminars at different schools and this is not true.”

Also, the vice minister said if teachers are absent they must justify why, otherwise they will discount the days they are missing from their salaries. “An absence can’t be justified by saying they will go on strike,” she said.

Teachers’ unions gathered yesterday and said they extended the strike for 48 more hours and invited other teachers who have not joined them to do so and fight together for Panama’s education. (TVN)

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National Coalition Council Called Lucy Molinar To Give A Report On Tuesday

Schools & EducationJaime Jacome, executive secretary of the National Coalition Council said they are expecting to meet with the Minister of Education, Lucy Molinar, on Tuesday July 23 in order for her to give details regarding the curricular changes and progress made in education.

Jacome said he hopes to reach a consensus to resolve the education issues, and said they are convinced that the Panamanian society is ready to dialogue in order to improve the quality of education and the quality of public services in general.

The secretary also said they have been inviting the teachers’ unions for months so they can join this national dialogue and they expect they do so gradually. (Telemetro)

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Los Rabanes At The Howard Kids Academy

Schools & EducationThe Howard Kids Academy will be proudly celebrating our nine year anniversary on Saturday, 3 August 2013.

With perseverance, dedication, effort, and the support of our family members we continue to build the foundations of our beloved school that every day grows more, strengthened as a center of learning where students cultivate values as well as gain knowledge.

To celebrate our ninth anniversary we will be holding a family fair on Saturday, 3 August 2013 at our campus on Howard, starting at 9:00 am

We will have big surprises at the fair, including a presentation by the famous Panamanian band Los Rabanes and their lead singer Emilio Regueira.

Each year, the school continues to invest in improving and maintaining, thus giving the standards of quality and comfort that our students deserve.

This year in addition to sharing a beautiful family event, we hope to raise funds to continue improving our technology systems because although we have made ​​investments in that field, it always requires renovations because of the frequent and daily advances in new technology.

Since we know the spirit of cooperation from all of you, we ask you to pay an entry fee of $20 per family for the event - because like one big family, we support what we are also honored to celebrate, our joint achievements.

Sincerely,

Tania Fleming, Director - Howard Academy

Editor's Comment: The Howard Kids Academy is using their annual family fair celebration as an opportunity to raise some money to improve the computers at their school. Like all small private schools in Panama, they operate on a relatively tight budget and don't have the funds to buy new computers without this extra and special fundraising effort. Please consider stopping by on the day of the fair - located on Howard just before the former Commissary building on the left hand side of the road. If you've never seen the famous Panamanian band "Los Rabanes" this is your chance...

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MEDUCA Informs Classes Will Be Resumed In Paitilla

Schools & EducationThe Ministry of Education informed classes will be resumed in all of the schools located in Paitilla as well as for the elementary school students of the National Institute.

These schools are the Professional School Isabel Herrera Obaldía, the Richard Newman School and the José Antonio Remón Cantera School.

Classes were suspended in these 3 schools by the MEDUCA due to the interconnection projects carried out on Via Israel. (TVN)

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