Teacher Close Schools across Colombia, Claiming Chronic State Neglect

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Agitated, Colombian teachers took to the streets of the major cities demanding from the government increased public investment for nation schooling.

FECODE, which is the teacher’s union in Colombia, expressed its dissatisfaction with President Duque’s development strategy aimed at formulating policies for the next four years.  According to the union, the program has failed to discuss the essence of the state’s learning organization.

The trainers’ advocate for a constitutional amendment that warrants sufficient funds for school cuisine, transference, raised teacher remunerations, and adequate infrastructure.

Due to underfunding, the Colombian education system has continued to suffer for many years.

In 2017, when teachers went on strike, the government under the rule of President Santos promised to address all the issues raised. However, it has merely affected the wage bill increase.

Ninety contracts designed for the institution’s maintenance have been implemented, leaving 430 untouched.

The striking teachers also wanted the government to adhere to the educator’s well-being agreements. According to FECODE, teacher’s healthcare intermediate is indebted to medics and hospitals cash amounting to $225 million.

The teachers requested the government to exhibit the ultimate political goodwill in the effort of providing solutions to the current challenges in the education system. They feel that any delays in finding solutions will exacerbate the state’s public education.

Salaries increment, multiplication of workers by FECODE and other firms are discussed simultaneously. The upsurges for 2019 are still talked over.

The goal of teachers is to support the talks with the march to guarantee an honorable increase.

Additionally, teachers are airing their fear for the current aims regarding war offenses tribunal and Duque’s general shortcoming to execute a peace pact with the now-demobilized FARC. Teachers distresses are linked to security issues, as they are usually threatened by an armed group who endeavor to employ underage.

The current teacher’s industrial action in Colombia is the fourth in 12 months, making such strikes usual in the country.

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