Classrooms to close to give room to voting stations

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Classes at most public and some private schools are ordered closed on Friday, 17 May 2024 and on Monday, 20 May 2024 to give room for setting up the voting stations and restoring the classrooms. The public schools are regularly used as voting stations nationwide. The order from the Ministry of Education is for classes to continue online and students to be assigned homework to prepare for when classes reopen on Tuesday.

The presidential and congressional elections are scheduled to take place on Sunday, 19 May 2024. There are around 4,418 voting stations nationwide, most in public schools.

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Elsewhere they use exclusively sport venues (including those in schools) for this and rather do not bother the education system, I wonder why is this not an option in the DR? I think this is simply the strongest indication that politics come before education...
 
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Elsewhere they use exclusively sport venues (including those in schools) for this and rather do not bother the education system, I wonder why is this not an option in the DR? I think this is simply the strongest indication that politics come before education...
Probably because there are a lot more voting stations (4400) than sport venues.
 

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"The order from the Ministry of Education is for classes to continue online and students to be assigned homework to prepare for when classes reopen on Tuesday."
What a joke! I will ask the kids that I know if they get any online classes or extra homework. I am 99% sure the answer will be "No".
 

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Elsewhere they use exclusively sport venues (including those in schools) for this and rather do not bother the education system, I wonder why is this not an option in the DR? I think this is simply the strongest indication that politics come before education...
They use schools quite often in Canada as well.
 

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"The order from the Ministry of Education is for classes to continue online and students to be assigned homework to prepare for when classes reopen on Tuesday."
What a joke! I will ask the kids that I know if they get any online classes or extra homework. I am 99% sure the answer will be "No".
We, fortunately didn't have to close and are not involved in the voting process. None of the private schools in Jarabacoa are. My BIL votes in what is called the Casino (a Bingo Hall) , my wife one of the high schools, and lucky me, a short walk down to street to a public primary school. There are other non-school venues used, not churches though.
 
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My wife got a letter from the JCE a few days ago. So she can vote here in The Netherlands. It’s in a school lol
 

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They use schools quite often in Canada as well.
I know, in EU too, perhaps I expressed this a bit wrong: I was referring if it was possible that indeed voting would take place on school premises but not where they teach (classrooms), to avoid interrupting school, so for example, any sporting facilities that might be on the school premises..
 
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I know, in EU too, perhaps I expressed this a bit wrong: I was referring if it was possible that indeed voting would take place on school premises but not where they teach (classrooms), to avoid interrupting school, so for example, any sporting facilities that might be on the school premises..
Yes, usually in the gymnasium.
 
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yes but never interrupting classes. My point exactly.
I voted at 830 this morning, took less than 5 minutes, then walked with my wife to the main high school where it took her 20 minutes because a much larger crowd. When we walked past the firehall we noticed the community cultural center was being used for voting as well. At the school where I voted they had classes on Friday, but they won't on Monday.
 

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Elsewhere they use exclusively sport venues (including those in schools) for this and rather do not bother the education system, I wonder why is this not an option in the DR? I think this is simply the strongest indication that politics come before education...
Not the case in NYC where "election day" is a holiday. ALL the schools are used for polling...ONE DAY ONLY.