Honduran teachers announced that they will resume their protests against the privitisation of education. This comes after they did not succeed in reaching an agreement with government representatives.
This Thursday, teachers took part in five hours of discussion with representatives from the government. However, they did not reach an agreement, so the teachers will return to protesting in the streets.
Meanwhile, Congress approved the Strengthening of Public Education and Community Participation Law on Thursday evening. The legislators agreed with all articles of the law, except the part concerning the enforcement. This means that the law could be subject to changes or reconsiderations when it is ratified in practice. It also leaves the possibility that this law will never be enforced, which is one of the conditions to continue the discussion added by the teachers.
Honduran teachers mobilised almost six weeks ago against the ruling. They consider the initiative to be a step towards the privitisation of education and the end of the teachers’ statute. Despite the teachers’ protests taking place peacefully, they were violently repressed by the Honduran police. Repression last week led to the death of a female teacher and, this Wednesday, 50 were detained.
In light of these facts, Central American feminist organisations denounced the violence and repression, in particular demanding more respect for human rights and women in Honduras.
Story courtesy of Agencia Púlsar, the news agency of AMARC-ALC.