Costa Rican students continue protests over public education programs

first_imgCosta Rican high school students demonstrated Monday in front of the Rofas Building in San José and closed educational centers in different parts of the country to show their discontent regarding the educational measures — specifically, FARO tests and dual-education — promoted by the government and the Legislative Assembly. The Secondary Student Movement (MEDSE) said that 305 schools had been closed. In contrast, the Ministry of Public Education (MEP) indicated that 86 of the 1,003 day schools were closed Monday morning.The MEP said that of the 86 educational centers where demonstrations were held, 45 schools were completely closed and another 41 managed to reopen thanks to the dialogue and negotiation processes that took place in coordination with the National Board of Children (PANI) and the Ministry of Public Security.Semanario Universidad asked the MEP for a detailed list of the closed educational centers, but as of publication, the list had not been delivered.For its part, MEDSE affirmed that the closure of the centers occurred in the schools of Bijagua, Ciudad Quesada, Concepción, CTP of Quepos, CTP of San Isidro, CTP of Pococí, San Isidro de Heredia, Puntarenas, Puerto Jiménez , Los Chiles, among others.During the morning, students from schools such as Liceo Luis Dobles Segreda, Liceo de Costa Rica and Colegio de Señoritas protested outside the Rofas Building and then moved to the Legislative Assembly.On the reasons that motivated the movement, the general secretary of MEDSE and student of the Lyceum of San José, Manuel Ramírez, affirmed that they want “a moratorium of one year of the FARO tests because we do not have the exam’s topics and are five months away from the tests.” The obligatory FARO exams would represent 40% of a student’s final marks in certain grades.Regarding the topic of Dual Education, students maintain contradictory positions, noting discontent with becoming “cheap workforce” but recognizing the importance of Dual Education.Protests announcedOn Friday of last week, MEDSE students announced they would close educational centers as a protest measure, rejecting an agreement signed Thursday by the new Minister of Public Education, Guiselle Cruz.The MEDSE student leader, Kenneth Sánchez, said MEDSE does not agree with point six of the agreement signed with Minister Cruz, which commits students not to close educational centers or school lunchrooms.“We put it to a vote. The bases agreed except in point six, which says that schools will not be closed. It is going to a demonstration and schools are going to close,” Sanchez said. According to Sanchez, they made this decision to prevent teachers from applying future sanctions. “We also want to make ourselves feel and that the Government sees that we are united”, he said, though there is little evidence suggesting this group represents a majority of the country’s students. Related posts:Duolingo language-learning app hits Costa Rican classrooms Tico-Chilean couple seeks to turn any classroom into a science lab Costa Rica celebrates 150 years of free education Epic Games, UCreativa reach first-of-its kind partnership in Central America Semanario Universidad LogoThis story was originally published by Semanario Universidad on July 15, 2019. It was translated and republished with permission by The Tico Times. Read the original report at Semanario Universidad here. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals firstround selection DJ Humph

first_imgArizona Cardinals first-round selection D.J. Humphries has only been in the fold for just more than a month, but he has already made an impression on Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin.Humphries, the No. 24 overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft on April 30, has been “impressive” thus far in the organized team activities and minicamps, Goodwin told Doug & Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Humphries is expected to compete with Bobby Massie for the starting right tackle position this season after signing his four-year, $9.8 million rookie contract on June 1. – / 24 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “He’s come along,” Goodwin said. “It’s a typical deal. You have a rookie, and we’re throwing so much information at him right now that he’s trying to process it all. He’s starting to get it.”Humphries, a 6-foot-5, 315 pound offensive tackle from Florida, will have to deal with a learning curve due to the spread offenses that dominate college football, Goodwin said.“One of the things I look down upon is college football, so many spread offenses, they don’t really teach them football like we did growing up, as far as concepts and that nature,” Goodwin said. “This is the first time they’re hearing concepts, this is the first time they’re talking about defenses. “In college football they’re taught to block to look. We’re a little bit more technical than that.”Humphries is the second major addition to the Cardinals offensive line this offseason, as Arizona signed former San Francisco 49ers guard Mike Iupati to a five-year, $40 million contract with $22.5 million guaranteed in free agency.“That’s a massive man,” Goodwin said of Iupati. “I think twice about yelling at him.”last_img read more