AMERICA/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Children are likely to lose a school year due to teachers' strikes

Monday, 20 March 2017

San Juan de la Maguana (Agenzia Fides) - The Bishop of the Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana, His Exc. Mgr. José Dolores Grullon Estrella, warned that if teachers' strikes continue, this school year in the provinces of Azua, San Juan and Elias Piña will basically be lost. The Archbishop believes that the right of teachers to demand better working conditions does not allow them to violate the law on general public education, in which they should work five days a week to carry out the teaching program.
Mgr. Grullon Estrella, in the note sent to Fides, reports that teachers can find other ways to claim their rights. The Bishop during the Mass celebrated yesterday in San Juan Bautista Cathedral, stressed that his words expressed the message of all the priests of these provinces. Mgr. Grullon Estrella urged to reach an agreement between the parties, between teachers and the government as soon as possible, and to put an end to repeated strikes.
According to the local press, the strikes will continue, but in a reduced form, ie, working only Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, March 23 a planned meeting between teachers' unions and the Federation of Parents should be held. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 20/03/2017)