Tuesday, December 11 2012 @ 01:36 PM EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
Molinar said "it's been a long time since I've heard so many lies at the same time," in a clear allusion to the explanations being made by the teachers unions about the strike called for tomorrow, Wednesday, December 12.
"At no point have we talked about it [privatization]. If there is a line in this Decree (No. 920) that's talking about privatization or anything even close to privatization, we would annul it on the spot," she said.
Molinar's statements came during a presentation made by the Ministry of Education in the amphitheater of the Presidency of the Republic. The official insisted that Executive Order No. 920 only has the intention of "making things better, like changing towards excellence, which is our main objective."
She said the union representatives are lying when they say that parents will have to find funds for self-management. In that regard, she recalled that the decree creates an academic council so that the school can focus on each student, in order to detect weaknesses in time.
She also denied that the new legal standard seeks employment instability for the teachers. "Everyone has to be evaluated," she said. She said the self-assessment model was not effective because "nobody ever received a bad evaluation," but now the system has been changed in order to favor the formation of students.
A total of eight teachers unions called for a strike to start tomorrow, Wednesday, in the country as a measure to reject the decree. In addition, there will be a march at 2:00 pm from the Plaza Porras to the Supreme Court, where the teachers unions will lodge an appeal against the decree to have it annulled.
The teachers union leaders have claimed that the decree aims to privatize education and create instability among its members. (Prensa)
Editor's Comment: Lucy Molinar should be declared Education Czar For Life. She is the first Education Minister who has even tried to break the strangle hold of the teachers unions on the public education system. The public schools in Panama suck for a reason. Lucy knows why, and she's trying to fix it.