Saturday, October 22 2011 @ 01:14 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
For his part, Deputy Minister Jose Herrera Kivers said they seek dialogue, but stressed that the protest that occurred on the premises of the facility did not contribute to the intention to establish an agreement. And while this meeting is taking place, members of the Association of Teachers Veragüense (AEVE) protested on the grounds of the place. They insist on the restitution request of the commissioners of Bocas del Toro, who were dismissed last year by the Minister of Education, Lucy Molinar for alleged irregularities. (TVN)
Editor's Comment: The Minister of Education Lucy Molinar is trying hard to fix Panama's public education system, however the entrenched teacher's union vehemently oppose many of her changes. The system in place today in Panama is like something straight out of the 70's. If Molinar's changes are installed then the existing teachers would have to learn new material and work harder - things they don't want to do. What's more, the MEDUCA is working to root out graft and corruption - recently they broke up a band that was taking bribes to manipulate teachers assignments. All of these teachers are public employees, and the most vocal opposition leader - Andres Rodriguez - is great at getting his name in the paper and his face on television, but he does not represent or speak for the vast majority of public school teachers in Panama. He represents a very radical and extreme left-wing fringe movement that would be happy if they could take over the country in a Hugo Chavez style revolution. He has comrades in his struggle, such as the SUNTRACS and similar minority elements in other union organizations. Anyway, the teachers and the government are talking today.