Thursday, November 19, 2009

Nine Days Till Elections...The Road Ahead

We are exactly nine days from the elections and Honduras has come a long way.  The president who wins the elections will clearly have a long road to travel.  He will have a harder job than those that came before him.  He will have to actually work to clean up the corrpution, deal with the crime that is overwhelming in areas like San Pedro Sula, deal with the explosion of narcotics trafficking that has almost overtaken the country since  Zelaya became president.  He will have to deal with the international community looking at his every move in order to discredit him.  He will have a small section  of the population that will consider him illegitimate.

The president that takes charge will have a bankrupt government that will have to make hard decisions and have to lobby hard the loans and aid to rebuild from bankruptcy.  The government will also have to present equal justice to the poor and the wealthy and do something about education.  Teachers are already lobbying for their raise. 

Teachers lobbying for a raise makes my blood boil.  What precisely have they done to deserve a raise? They spent the entire school year in the streets on strike or loafing.  They need their pay cut and all raises structured around the results they give as a teacher.  The first step is rewriting their docente law so that they do not use it to abuse their position and hold the public hostage.   The government should be required to pay them on time and they should be forbidden from strikes except outside of school hours.  If they do not like those terms they are welcome to find a job in the private sector.

More to come...

8 comments:

Tambopaxi said...

The new President and his new MinEducation should work to bring the teacher's union to heel and do it fairly quickly.

Here in Ecuador, Pres. Correa has mandated entrance evaluations for new teachers and performance evaluations for teachers on board, and he's fired teachers who don't measure up. The teachers' union here struck against Correa, but he's held firm (pretty much) and the majority of teachers have taken the evaluation tests or left.

Correa was able to do these things because he had a strong voting mandate from the electorate (i.e., he had political capital to spend) and the parents here were tired of the corrupt teachers' union and poor teacher quality just as in Honduras.

I have the sense that Honduran parents are fed up with teacher corruption and incompetence as well. Assuming the new guy gets strong mandate and there's clear indication from the public that something needs to be done about the education system, then the new Presi should strike strongly and quickly after he gets in, while his poll numbers are strong (they almost always go down over time for almost all Presidents...).

LaGringaSPS said...

Oh they are very fed up they took over the schools in protest this year...and I think it would receive wide approval by most folks for them to overturn the docente law that allows teachers to abuse the system...the only ones that would boohoo that move would be the teachers.

La Gringa said...

I hope some real changes to the education system will happen. Evaluation tests sound great. I can just imagine the teachers screaming now.

Anonymous said...

Anon. 4.

Lobo has stated clearly that he will not support any changes to the Ley del Docente. Santos has not declared a position on changing it.

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