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Colombia: School’s Out for 8.7 Million as Teachers Go on Strike

By: PanAm Post Staff - May 16, 2014, 10:22 am

EspañolSome 334,000 teachers from public primary and secondary schools in Colombia walked out on Wednesday to demand wage increases. The protests left 8.7 million students without classes just over a week before Colombia’s presidential runoff, where Juan Manuel Santos will seek reelection.

Union leader and President of the Colombian Federation of Educators Luis Grubert said they remain open to negotiations with the government, in search of a solution to their demands. These also include improved health care service and fewer teacher performance evaluations.

“The strike’s duration will depend on the negotiation process, so we hope we can find a quick solution,” Grubert said.

Education Minister María Fernanda Campo also announced that the government stands ready to reach an agreement.

Source: El Universo.