Santo Domingo.- The Ministry of Education announced the beginning of the school year of the national educational system on September 18th and virtual classes starting on November 2nd.
In an event led by the President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, the Minister of Education, Dr. Roberto Fulcar, said that the government’s will is to guarantee that more than 2.8 million children, youth, adolescents and adults in pre-university education do not interrupt their educational processes or waste time in their most productive stage from a knowledge point of view.
Among the special measures adopted by the educational authorities, Fulcar explained, it is included the decision of President Abinader to assume the cost of each student’s connectivity with the different telephone and cable companies, as well as to use radio, television, and channels. cable for the transmission of educational content.
Likewise, a process of curricular simplification and institutional mechanisms will be established to integrate civil society entities to education.
Fulcar highlighted the support for the plan by the National Council of Education, Civil Society Institutions linked to educational work, and International organizations.
After noting that education is a national issue, the official said that the new authorities talked to different representative sectors of the country to share the vision of the new educational model to propose and collect ideas and recommendations to successfully face the crisis.
“We were moved by the question of what is the most appropriate solution or the most pertinent combination of solutions to face the problem, that is, to guarantee education for all without affecting health, not only for 2,700,000 students but also 100,000. professors and more than 8 thousand teaching teams and thousands of collaborators of administrative support and other indirect actors ”, pointed out Fulcar.
He highlighted that more than half of the country’s citizens are active every day around education“, so that a wrong and hasty decision could put the lives of half the population and by extension the lives of the other at risk. part of the country”.
“Not being able to guarantee face-to-face education, for the moment, we are bound to go to virtuality and distance education; and to go to virtuality we need the support of the family, that is, that parents and guardians collaborate with the educational processes of their children”, pointed out the academic and planning expert.