Panama Teachers strike against Privatisation Moves

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Previous Protest by Panamian Teachers

Teachers in Panama struck last week against a new law which they say opens the door to privatisation of education

At least eight teachers' unions struck against Decree No 920, which the teachers say opens the door for privatisation of Panama's schools and the casualisation of the teaching force.

Last April Panama hosted an education conference for business people, to which the US embassy sent an expert on charter schools to promote their development in Panama. According to the US Embassy website: In discussions with Panamanian colleagues in the field of education and other international speakers, Ms. Castrejon exchanged views on the challenges and opportunities that the charter school movement has been able to generate on behalf of innovation and improved results for all students.  She explored lessons learned in public-private partnerships in education, and the relationship of these partnerships to charter schools in the USA.

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