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Ecuadorian teachers announce march for Education Law

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Ecuadorian teachers announce march for Education Law

Quito, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) Teachers in Ecuador today ratified the call for a national mobilization on February 11, for reforms and the application of the Organic Law of Intercultural Education (LOEI).
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The measure was confirmed by Isabel Vargas, president of the National Union of Educators (UNE), in view of the lack of answers from the Executive and the National Assembly on the regulation.

In a press conference, Vargas insisted that teachers demand the implementation of the modifications to the LOEI, which include salary equalization and investment in the teaching sector.

She also warned that the action will take place on Friday, when the deadline granted by the Constitutional Court to the government to restore the teachers’ rights expires.

Vargas recalled that after the 32-day hunger strike of the teachers, it was determined to work on the mentioned reforms, as well as on issues related to the retirement at 30 years of work, without age limit, after which there are 30 days to look for the sources of financing.

Regarding salary, she considered that the equalization represents “reparation and justice for teachers who since 2016 have been discriminated against in relation to the rest of the public sector”.

The president of the UNE finally emphasized that the mobilizations will take place in the different provinces and in the case of Quito, capital of the country, the march will head to the headquarters of the National Assembly, demanding their rights.

During the press conference, UNE also expressed concern about the return to classrooms, in force since this day, after considering that many schools lack the necessary conditions to assume the return of students, when there are still high numbers of Covid-19 cases in the country.

Since the announcement of the return to classroom teaching, made last week by the National Emergency Operations Committee, directors of the organization asked the Ministry of Education to guarantee a safe return.

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