Parents protest shortage of teachers at technical prep school

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Parents from Santa María Colotepec occupied the offices of education authorities Tuesday to protest against a shortage of teachers.

A group of about 100 parents protested occupied the Puerto Escondido offices of the public education institute, IEEPO, to demand teachers for their children.

The parents claimed that students at the technical preparatory school no. 145, in Santa María Colotepec, have been without a math teacher for a few years, and that barely three months after the current school year started, another teacher left without any explanation.

A member of the parents’ committee told the news site Ecos del Pacífico “we are protesting because we have not had a math teacher for three years and this means that they do not receive the education they deserve.” This was the main motivation behind the parents’ protest at the Colonia Granjas del Pescador offices.

“In addition, the geography teacher left without giving parents or teachers an explanation. Protesting is the last thing we wanted, we have been requesting [a math teacher] for a long time, we have already sent requests and documents, but we have gotten no response,” the parent said.

A small group of parents was received by education authorities and a negotiation table was set up, while the larger group of parents remained outside complaining that their children are losing more than 48 hours of classes a week.

With reports from Ecos del Pacífico


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