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What happened to the 1,000 school repairs?



September 15th, a national holiday that alludes to Independence Day, always connects us directly with warm childhood memories of school. Dedicated and beloved teachers. The classroom is packed with students divided into task groups. Walls strewn with posters, backpacks, notebooks and books. During recess, we make a fuss over chalamska and bagged mangoes. Wall newspapers also come to mind, highlighting images of national symbols, the intonation of the national anthem, and the fear of making mistakes when reciting prayers to the national flag. Looking back at the march under the harsh sun to the accompaniment of a roaring military band, the sweat dripping down my face harmonizes with the harmonious, graceful sounds of the colorful clubs and neat standard bearers leading the orderly parade. The photo highlighted modest, well-polished shoes, scuffed but clean and well-ironed uniforms, sweaty hair, freshly painted walls, and a blue-and-white flag waving in the wind.

On September 8 of the previous year, in a different context during Citizen Month, President Bukele, in an elaborate and calculated speech, gave treacherous advice and consideration in front of the cameras to cover up and avoid mentioning Bitcoin’s failures. , modeled it and ostentatiously announced the following intentions. Through the MY NEW SCHOOL project, we will rehabilitate 5,000 education centers across the country. He said: “There are 5,150 schools that will be completely renovated, and we plan to repair 1,000 schools over 12 months, an average of two schools a day…” and “…roofs, buildings, everything will change.” False ceilings with reducing insulation. The kitchen has all the appliances and will have new furniture. They will have unlimited free internet…”

This is yet another failed promise hidden in the reservation conditions imposed on access to information in the public interest. Education authorities announced the renovation of only six schools by May. Meanwhile, leaders of the Salvadoran Magistrates Front have accused the school of receiving only 33% of its budget for basic upkeep, even though there are nine weeks left until the end of the school year, amid these celebrations of Civic Month. did. For example, a center considered large is allocated $1,500 annually, but receives only $450 of that amount. Meanwhile, schools considered small received barely $200 out of an annual allocation of $600. These funds are intended to purchase some educational materials, cleaning supplies, sports equipment, and minor repairs. Given this shortfall, some of these needs are met through a portion of teachers’ voluntarily contributed salaries and assistance from students’ families. They also denounced significant budget cuts to PASE (School Food and Health Program).

The school has been defunded, has fallen into disrepair due to lack of roof repairs and maintenance, has an unstable electrical system, no internet, no potable water, deplorable drainage, plus rickety furniture and desks, and There are no walls and it is at the edge of the school, which is disappointing. It collapses through the canyon. President Bukele has not reported on what happened to his promise made a year ago to repair the first 1,000 schools. Meanwhile, his government spent more than $230 million to host the Mid-America Games, a sporting event rejected by other countries due to its hefty $1 million cost. Similarly, this Citizens Month marks his second anniversary since the introduction of Bitcoin, another failed program in which Bukele wasted approximately $425 million.

On 15 September this year, Bukele’s new promise was to launch the sixth phase of the territorial control plan, funded from the INSAFORP budget. There is no doubt that “opening holes and plugging them” is a characteristic of the president. In his characteristic style, he promised to dismantle INSAFORP, leaving barely $12 million of his $60 million currently in the budget, while expanding the programs his INSAFORP runs. Masu. 30 million will go to the Ministry of the Interior to finance a new integrated directorate, very similar to the creation of the Directorate General of Local Government Works (DOM), while the remaining 18 million is likely to go into the pockets of the Treasury. This is to continue to expand the huge budgets wasted on propaganda and advertising.

The best prevention strategy against violence is not to waste money on propaganda and lies, but to invest in improving the quality and coverage of education, as well as strengthening and expanding technical and professional training through INSAFORP.

Source: Diario.Elmundo

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