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Instituto Nacional Asked To Reopen

Schools & EducationRepresentatives of the educational community of the Instituto Nacional requested the reopening of the campus today, which was closed indefinitely yesterday after a student protest.

In addition, they requested Education Minister, Lucy Molinar, to come to the campus to discuss problems there. They said the minister has not addressed the needs of the school.

Parents, students and teachers complained there is a lack of leadership at the school.

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Meanwhile, the administrative vice minister of education, José Herrera Kivers, reported the school was closed to safeguard the integrity of its students. He said what happened was regrettable, however, "we cannot allow" the protests, which endanger other students.

The official said the school will remain closed until an investigation into yesterday's incident is finished.

"We are investigating to determine those who are responsible," he said. "We don't want these acts to be repeated." (Prensa)

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Regional Assemblies Begin On The 17 June

Schools & EducationTo inform their colleagues about the issues which the Ministry of Education (Meduca) require, Panamanian teachers commence regional assemblies on June 17th, 2013.

This was announced by the teacher and teachers' union leader, Luis López, who explained they are still "living" with the issue of job security for educators, the commission would evaluate teachers and principals, the salary adjustment among other issues.

López said he will keep insisting the Minister of Education, Lucy Molinar, to resume conferences with these teachers.

According to the leader, the president, Ricardo Martinelli replied a note which they sent him, and Martinelli advised them to go to the negotiating table with the Meduca. (Panama America)

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The President is Considering The Exemption Of Tuition Fees At Public Universities

Schools & EducationAfter the President of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli, announced that the enrollment in public universities could be for free next year, officials from the University of Panama (UP) saw this as a good thing; however, they state if this is applied, the Government must disburse six million dollars which is the amount collected in tuition every year for the budget of this institution.

Miguel Angel Candanedo, Secretary General of the UP explained if the exemption is granted, many young Panamanians will have the opportunity to join this University, in which currently around 55,000 students are enrolled.

He said "if the Government has the resources, this is a high social impact measure contributing to a better distribution of wealth.”

He also said many young people cannot study at the institution because they do not have the financial resources to pay the university career, regardless of the low tuition fee.

The official also said the exemption would be of great importance and they expect an increase in the enrollment for next year. He said it would depend on the next governments to continue with the commitment of continuing with this project to provide an opportunity for thousands of students across the country, especially those coming from hard to reach areas, as it is difficult for them to pay for tuition.

Lorena Moncada, UP student, said if this is applied it shows the president’s interest in the development of the country, as it gives the opportunity to those who do not have the facility of enrolling at the University of Panama.

She said this exemption should also be applied for public schools, in which many children are left without studying because they lack the resources to pay for it. (Siglo)

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Medicine Scholarship To Study In Taiwan

Schools & EducationThe Embassy of Taiwan reported they are offering scholarships for Panamanian professionals, interested in studying Medicine in Taiwan for 4 years, whose classes are all taught in English.

The Taiwanese government will provide interns a monthly allowance of around 500 Dollars , in order to cover personal expenses and they also offer air ticket Panama-Taipei-Panama, economy class housing (college dorm), tuition, medical and accident insurance.

The contest will begin on 10 June and end on 30 June 2013.

Applicants must have an educational qualification degree and have taken classes in Biology, Chemistry or other subjects related to Medicine. The selection includes examinations of three subjects (English, Biology, and Chemistry), and a remote interview with teachers in Taiwan. (Critica)

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If Teachers Dont Recieve A Response, They Will Suspend Their Classes

Schools & EducationAfter protesting on Friday 10 May 2013, in which around 3000 teachers attended, they were given a deadline of 15 days to receive a response to their requests.

The educator, Luis López, said if they were not given a solution after 3 June 2013, they will stop giving classes.

According to López could first start with a suspension of hours in classes up to a general strike, it all depends on the decisions of the teachers.

He also pointed out all the important points and all actions they take are required for the sake of education and welfare of fellow teachers.

Previously, the teacher, Andrés Rodríguez, also said they hope the president will hear what they ask for and comply with their peticions. (Panama America)

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Teachers Of The UNACHI Fear Getting Fired

Schools & EducationA group of teachers from the Autonomous University of Chiriquí (UNACHI), which have been working as regular teachers for more than five years, asked the authorities of the university job security, to avoid being victims of arbitrariness.

Oliver Vega, spokesman of the UNACHI teachers said they are only requesting a right acquired by years of continuous service with the institution.

He noted, there are more than thirty teachers experiencing this problem, so they are asking for an appeal to the goodwill of the university authorities to take their request into account. (TVN)

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Classes Will Resume But With Restrictions

Schools & EducationThe Ministry of Education (MEDUCA) said classes will resume in schools and colleges with some restrictions on Monday, 13 May 2013.

The Minister of Education, Lucy Molinar, in a statement on Saturday, said they may not turn on lights, air conditioners, only in laboratories which strictly require it.

In addition, schools will be strengthened in the campaign "The Task of the day: don't leave it on, save energy", and allow the use of fans in schools.

MEDUCA called the attention of the education community to understand the magnitude of the problem and help them make the savings needed to avoid a major crisis.

The national government, as an energy saving measure, suspended classes at primary and secondary levels in public and private schools across the country from Wednesday May 8 to Friday May 10, they also applied this measure to official and private universities at a national level, which was criticized by teachers' unions and opposing politicians.

Molinar said the classes which were lost will be recovered during the week break.

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Martinelli Will Receive A Recognition From The University of Arkansas

Schools & EducationPresident Ricardo Martinelli, together with the First Lady, Marta Linares de Martinelli, traveled yesterday to Arkansas City where they will receive a recognition for his work as president.

The president has also scheduled a meeting with representatives of Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas for reviewing the master's program in Business Administration with Panama; he will meet with the Student Association of Panama and will also participate in a graduation ceremony where Panamanian students will graduate.

Panama and the University of Arkansas have an agreement to provide scholarships to students from Panama in the area of business management and technology. (Critica)

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"Students From The Colegio Artes Y Oficios Will Be Punished" - Lucy Molinar

Schools & Education"The students involved in the vandalism which occurred last week in the Colegio Artes y Oficios will be punished as they deserve," said the Minister of Education, Lucy Molinar.

She said parents will have to answer for the damages caused by their children. "It's a shame what happened because this school has been doing so well," she added.

She said the students who participated in the vandalism were manipulated by people outside the school.

The incident occurred on Friday when several students torched the car of a teacher. Staff of the Panama Fire Department came to the school to deal with the emergency, but the flames completely consumed the vehicle.

Molinar's statements were given in the delivery of technological equipment in the Francisco Beckman school. (Panama America)

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Students From The Instituto Nacional Might Get Expelled Because Of Their Participation In A Riot

Schools & Education21 of the students from the Instituto Nacional are facing the process to determine whether they will be expelled or not, after the riots in early April.

Some of the parents are defending the students and taking responsibility to get them out of school if they were involved in the riots.

In this case, the Minister, Lucy Molinar, confirmed the case is being handled by legal advice from the Ministry of Education. She added "everyone knows what they did." Molinar said there are some situations which require an authority to take decisions.

Molinar said they will take the right measures based on the evidence which will be submitted. (Telemetro)

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