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Tuesday, September 02 2014 @ 05:13 AM EDT

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Meduca Confirms Sanctions To Be Applied To Students

Schools & EducationThe Minister of Education, Lucy Molinar, said the sanctions will be applied to the students of the National Institute, who participated in violence during a protest two weeks ago.

"These sanctions will be applied to students who have confirmed participation in violent acts, with help of those who work on campus," said Molinar.

She said "We must return to the peaceful National Institute, as it used to be", and she accepted the apologies of the teachers from the National Institute because of these violent occurrences caused by students which harmed the institute and other people. (Critica)

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Scholarships For Panamanian Students To Study At Cornell in New York

Schools & EducationStarting today, thousands of Panamanians have the opportunity to compete for a partial scholarship to earn a Masters of Public Administration at Cornell University in the United States.

Yesterday, President Ricardo Martinelli signed an agreement with the higher education institution, based in New York.

"This is going to change the lives of the Panamanians who study for their masters degree at the university, considered to be among the best in North America," Martinelli said.

During the meeting, Martinelli spoke of public policy, economic development, and its impact on the country, and the projects his administration are developing.

Representing Cornell were Thomas O’Toole and Álvaro Salas Castro, executives from the institution, who spoke about the great prestige of the institution in the world. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: These scholarships will be competitive, with students applying and earning a spot based on their qualifications and prior academic performance. So, Martinelli visits Cornell, makes a speech, and scores a bunch of scholarships for Panamanian students. Good for him.

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Classes At The Instituto Nacional Reopen This Wednesday

Schools & EducationOn Wednesday, April 10th, classes at the Instituto Nacional (IN) will resume, which had been closed the last week because of the protests made by students from the institute.

The General Director of Education, Marisín Chanis, had ordered the closure of the school on Tuesday April 2nd, after the students protested on the streets 2 days in a row. Chanis reported today that she will take the appropriate disciplinary action in the reopening of the school.

Through a statement, she said that most schoolteachers "disagree" with road closures and vandalism. Because of that, she is "restructuring the school,".

This being said, missed classes will be recuperated during school break, from May 27th to May 31st, she added to the report. (Prensa)

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Classes Are Still Suspended At The Instituto Nacional

Schools & EducationThe National Director of Education, Marisín Chanis, said today classes remain suspended until further order at the Instituto Nacional, after riots on campus yesterday.

Chanis said the Ministry of Education will act according to the law against this small group, which, she says, is causing harm to all of the students in the school.

The National Director of Education said that all of the 19 students who were detained by the Juvenile Police and eventually turned over to their parents after the protests, were enrolled in the National Institute in a "conditional academic state," and they must be aware of the day the institute sets a meeting.

Chanis said the parents knew this because they were warned when they enrolled their children that these students could not show indiscipline or have poor grades.

The National Education Director also said the National Police did not fire tear gas, and the Ministry of Education requested their help in evacuating the students, and helping parents to arrive at the school. (TVN)

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Classes At The Instituto Nacional Are Suspended Until Further Notice

Schools & EducationClasses at the Instituto Nacional of Panama, will be suspended until further notice from the Ministry of Education (Meduca), after a group of students went out a second day to protest on the streets

The Director General of Education, Marisín de Chanis, attributed these actions to students who were expelled earlier and are infiltrating within the school.

Marisín, for security of staff and students, took the decision to close the campus.

Marisín said that students do not agree with the protests taking place over the issue of transport and also with the transfer of the flag used during the struggle of January 9th.

Marisín also said "student who participates in these acts will be expelled".

She added that they are choosing the new principal of the campus and in the coming hours she will meet with Minister Lucy Molinar to address the situation. (Panama America)

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Panama's President Martinelli Closes Oxford International University By Executive Order

Schools & EducationThe President Ricardo Martinelli, and Education Minister Lucy Molinar, signed the decree necessary to cancel the operation of the Oxford International University, an organization which was granted authorization to begin operations on 15 February 2005 by Executive Decree.

The document was published in the Official Gazette on Monday March 11, notes that once granted the authorization for the operation of an educational institution, in this case the university should not spend more than two years to start operations.

The decision was based on Article 108 of the said Executive Order, and Resolution 583 of 4 December 2012, which was communicated to the legal representatives of the Oxford International University on this measure. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: In recent months the government of Panama has closed about five of these "universities" which in fact were little more than diploma mills. They had a web presence and little else.

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ATTT Has A Plan For Student Metro Bus Cards (After Director Got Fired)

Schools & EducationAfter the problems encountered with the renovation of school cards used by students to board the Metro Bus transportation system, which ended with the resignation of Ventura Vega from his position as the Director of the Transit Authority, the institution announced a series of measures to expedite delivery of cards.

Roberto Moreno, deputy director of the ATTT, reported that as of this weekend they will begin a "Plan of Action" where specialized care centers (CAE) will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 6 pm.

While Monday through Friday they are extending the hours of 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. The plan will remain until Sunday March 10, then they will return to their regular schedule.

They will also make available to parents a special free round trip service from the areas of 24 de Diciembre and Felipillo to the CAE in La Doña.

They will also do the same thing from the areas of Mano de Piedra and Santa Librada to the stand in Torrijos Carter.

In these places parents and students will be able to renew their 2013 cards and also apply for those who are seeking their first cards to be issued.

To renew the student cards, the guardians must bring the 2012 card with no balance, a copy of their 2013 school registration form, and a copy of the identity document of guardian.

To apply for the first time, parents should go to Mi Bus courtyard in Los Pueblos, Chorrillo, La Doña and Ojo de Agua, bringing with them a copy of the student's 2013 registration and a copy of the guardian's identification card.

The old 2012 student cards will be revalidated until March 28, and to recharge them they can go to any box office. After this date they will not work. (TVN)

Editor's Comment: The Director of the ATTT lost his job over this issue. There are about 800,000 school students in Panama and many of them use the Metro Bus system to get to school. The former director dropped the ball and was not ready for Monday morning. C'ya...

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The Five Stars Academy Vegetable Garden!

Schools & EducationThe Five Stars Academy vegetable garden was the setting for a good, old-fashioned carrot-pickin’ yesterday afternoon. Students from Kindergarten through Middle School got their hands dirty picking carrots from the school’s raised organic vegetable beds.

In addition to intense studies using a U.S.-based curriculum, Five Stars focuses on an appreciation of basic self-reliance skills including farming and gardening skills.

“I really like gardening. I haven’t done it much before. It was cool to see the seeds I planted grow into carrots. Some of my friends took the carrots home to eat and others decided to feed them to our school rabbits.” Ronan, Grade 7 student

“This unique Five Stars experience is one that I’ve not had the opportunity to be a part of before as a teacher from the U.S. The students were able to learn about biology, nutrition, and earth science by planting, cultivating and harvesting their own organic produce.” Jenna, Teacher at Five Stars Academy

The Five Stars Academy is a full-English school certified by Panama’s Minister of Education offering a U.S.-based curriculum from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 9.

Located in Santa Clara, Cocle – just 20 minutes from the entrance to Coronado - our American teachers bring their Master’s of Education experience and enthusiasm to every part of the classroom.

For more information, please visit the website www.fivestarsacademy.com or call 6611.9510.



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Requirements To Renew Student Metro Bus Cards Were Instituted By ATTT and MEDUCA

Schools & EducationThe manager of the company Sonda, Daniel Guerra, blamed the Ministry of Education and the Transit Authority, for not having issued the notification with enough time, to explain what has to be done for school students to renew the cards they use to ride the Metro Bus system.

Guerra said on the Telemetro Reports morning news broadcast that as a provider of the service, they were just informed of the details about the renewal procedures last week, and they just received the order to proceed for its implementation.

As for the complaints being made by parents, because they must present the school registration form as part of the formalities required for the renewal of the card, Guerra said this was done by the ATTT and the Meduca, and this was done in order to ensure that the person who receives the benefit (of the lower bus fare) is the student.

For her part, the Minister of Education Lucy Molinar criticized the date this information was made public, and she even confirmed that since learning about this issue she has been seeking to have a meeting with the Transit Authority, but it has not been possible. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: School kids can ride the Metro Buses for only 10 cents, but they have to have one of the electronic swipe cards that has been issued specifically to them.

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Stumbling Blocks At The Start Of The School Year

Schools & EducationAmid deteriorating school buildings, today formally starts the school year for 700,000 students in public schools in the country.

Maria Pineda, national director of Engineering and Architecture, of the Ministry of Education (Meduca) reported that about 60% of the country's public schools need repair.

According to the official, 900 schools need minor repairs and 46 will need major repairs this year. "For this we have a budget of $2 million," said Pineda.

However, a campus that is not in the immediate plans for Meduca to repair is the Benjamin Alvarez Gonzalez school on Taboga Island.

In this school the blue railings have been corroded by salt and are about to fall, the teacher's bedrooms are leaking, and the pump that supplies water to the school has been damaged since late last year.

The problems at the school are evident. The last time a large repair was done was in 2006, explained Edilsa Paneso, president of the parents club. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: One thing you can always find in Panama is a school that's in need of repair. There are about 800,000 students in public schools in Panama and there are thousands of schools scattered all around the country. The Ministry of Education is working as hard as they can to keep these schools repaired and maintained, but the news media outlets who are owned and operated by the political opposition to the CD and Ricardo Martinelli do everything they can to only report the negatives.

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