Colombia govt and teachers reach agreement to end strike

Posted on May 17 2014 - 10:42pm by TNN
(Photo: El Universal)

Colombia’s government and teachers have reached an agreement to end an ongoing strike and as a result resume academic activities.

After negotiating for several hours, representatives of the Government and the Colombian Federation of Educators, Fecode, reached an agreement to put an end to the national strike of teachers which started on May 14.

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Fecode president, Luis Gruvert told Radio Blu that there must be an improvement and modernization in the evaluation of teachers, adding that the government should give “solutions, not suspensions.”

Fecode announced the end of the strike on its Twitter, declaring that after an extensive negotiation they had ended the strike.

Deputy Minister of Education, July Alandete, said the problem is that teacher assessment is a tax figure has nothing to do with the educational act. He noted that “we must focus on how to overcome the crisis with mechanisms that lead to school success.”

An estimated 334,000 teachers participated in the strike, which caused class cancellations for some 8,700,000 students throughout the country.

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