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Ecuadorian teachers continue on hunger strike

Ecuadorian teachers continue on hunger strike

Quito, Jul 28 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian teachers from several provinces are on a hunger strike, which is now in its 17th day, waiting for the application of the Organic Law of Intercultural Education (LOEI).
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The action was extended to several cities, after starting on July 12 in Quito, Guayaquil, Portoviejo and Cuenca, with about thirty teachers, representing the National Union of Educators (UNEN) who demand the Constitutional Court to ratify the validity of the legal body, approved in April by the previous National Assembly.

According to UNE, there are 80 protesters, including teachers, parents and students, who have joined the strike.

The organization blames the constitutional judges for the demonstrators’ health condition, which has deteriorated after so many days of starvation.

On Wednesday, a representative of the Revolutionary Youth of Ecuador (JRE) noted, ‘we urge the Constitutional Court to approve the reforms to the LOEI because it means an advance in the rights to education, health and mainly against harassment, for a new high school and free entrance to the university.’

Modifications for high school, the reinstatement of teachers dismissed during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the retirement of teachers with 30 years of service, without age limit, are part of the regulations, pending the Court’s pronouncement.


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