The Ministry of Education has concentrated billions of resources on distance learning and little to get the public schools in condition for reopening of in-person learning. As private schools pressure for the government to authorize their reopening, the media has been looking into the condtions of the public schools and finding they were left as they were in March 2020.
Journalist Altagracia Salazar criticizes on her Sin Maquillaje talk show on 11 May 2021, that the Ministry did not put aside the pesos for the customary annual maintenance of the schools and instead invested billions in air time in TV stations. Salazar says that the bureaucracy of the public education is eating up all the budget. With most public schools closed, hundreds of thousands of employees are receiving pay for little if any work. Education receives 4% of the GDP of the National Budget.
The Ministry of Education chose to focus its budget on radio, TV and Internet programming. Books were not ordered, either.
Recently, Vice President Raquel Peña spoke up to favor the reopening of schools. She agreed with the private schools that have led the push for the restart of education in Greater Santo Domingo and nationwide under strict Covid-19 protocols. Peña is the coordinator of the Abinader administration Health Cabinet.
12 May 2021