SAN JUAN – Thousands of teachers demonstrated Friday in San Juan in front of the legislature to protest what they describe as deteriorating working conditions
The president of the Teachers Association, Aida Diaz, said in a speech aimed at lawmakers that teachers of the U.S. commonwealth are united and called on the administration for greater commitment to public education.
Diaz recalled that the administration of Gov. Luis Fortuño has frozen wage increases, eliminated the right to negotiate contracts and plans to close schools all around the island.
She said that the measures have undermined teachers? working conditions as well as the education of students in public schools.
The Teachers Association is also seeking a limit of 20 students per class in normal conditions and that classes for students receiving special education not be larger than 15.
It also demands the withdrawal of a bill requiring teachers to work during summer vacations and an end to hiring teachers for periods of five months, among other requests.
The protest was backed by the Puerto Rican University Professors Association, which for its part denounced the government’s freeze on hiring new instructors and the elimination of salary increases. EFE