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Association of English Teachers of the Dominican Republic (RD-TESOL) affirms the greatest educational failure in DR is not learning English

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Professor Conrado Sánchez
Learning English is vital to the future of the DR

The Association of English Teachers of the Dominican Republic (RD-TESOL) showed concern that there is still no real English language learning policy in public schools throughout the country, which has become the factor that shows the greatest educational failure of the Dominican government.

The president of the entity, Professor Conrado Sánchez, proposed that public education centers in the country actually require a linguistic policy that is based on an adequate and contextualized diagnosis.

“The regional experience shows that any school program or educational strategy without a policy that guarantees its continuity will face a negative result. Therefore, it is essential that the Ministry of Education guarantees English language plans and programs for students, especially from the primary level,” he said.

Similarly, the president of RD-TESOL considered that the necessary and adequate educational materials and resources for teaching should be available; as well as enough teachers and quality control systems that would allow fulfilling the task efficiently.

Sanchez said the government’s biggest educational failure is not teaching English in public schools because the English language subject has been in the public school curriculum officially since 1961.

“Since 1994, when the teaching of this language was introduced in the second cycle of the primary level, our students receive hundreds of hours of English in their school life, without acquiring even a basic level of language proficiency in that language. This really shows the lack of an effective and efficient educational policy,” he said.

He argued that the government has not defined a true policy of teaching English although it has been claimed for years by teachers in the area, by the Permanent Education Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, by the productive sectors and by more than 70% of Dominican families, who send their children to public schools because they do not have the financial resources to pay for a private bilingual education.

“The relevance and importance of this issue require serious attention by the Ministry of Education since our students deserve a quality education, appropriate to the needs of this era, in which English operates as a frank language in the sectors of the economy, business, education, politics, and entertainment—all aspects of international finance and the main language of communication throughout the world,” he proclaimed.

He added that the majority of research shows that there is a positive correlation between the level of English proficiency and the gross national income per capita of the countries, where improving English skills increases wages, which increases investment.

With this, he said that it is possible to predict that countries that achieve greater command of the English language will grow faster in the future, improving their quality of life after school.

“In general, world experts agree that bilingualism should ideally begin in childhood. Therefore, it is essential for our country to have an efficient English teaching-learning program from the primary level and not only in adulthood, which has been the commitment of the Dominican government for 14 years, through its so-called “Program Immersion English” of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, which, as an educational policy, has ultimately not benefited more than 1%.

He recalled that in 1998, the United Nations Organization (UN) predicted that by the year 2000, those who could not speak English and use a computer would be considered “Functionally Illiterate.” Today, more than 80% of global interactions occur in English.






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9 clubs closed for sonic pollution

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Santo Domingo. – The National District Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Special Prosecutor for the Defense of the Environment and Natural Resources closed several entertainment centers that produced sonic pollution with high decibels.

The operation, headed by the prosecutor of the National District, Rosalba Ramos, together with the head of the Office of the Special Prosecutor for the Defense of the Environment and Natural Resources, Francisco Contreras, was carried out in the Villa Juana and Villas Agrícolas sectors, where nine commercial establishments that were violating the agreements to comply with the rules established to limit annoying and harmful noise were closed.

Ramos explained that the centers closed earlier in previous operations had reached agreements with the Attorney General’s Office for those matters in which they promised to take measures regarding the noise pollution that they cause, however, the agreements were violated and therefore were closed again.

“The entertainment establishments have to guarantee to operate so that they do not violate the peace of the people who live around them, who have the right to live in a quiet way and especially to rest,” said Ramos.

While Contreras said that during the Christmas season, complaints from citizens that are affected by the annoying noises that occur in recreational businesses tend to increase.

He explained that the operations initiated are aimed at guaranteeing a peaceful environment so that people can have a peaceful Christmas.

He also pointed out that these follow-up operations will continue to be carried out in the National District, in which all those establishments that violate the regulations will be closed.

It should be noted that before proceeding with the closure of the establishments, dozens of preventive operations had been carried out in order to guide and raise awareness in the public so that they make the proper adjustments to avoid noise violations.

In that sense, Judge Contreras explained that it is extremely important that owners and business managers who produce sonic pollution become more aware of the serious damage it causes to health.





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40.7% of public employees earn between $ 10,000 and $ 19,000 pesos/month

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Santo Domingo, DR.

In the statistics published in October this year the Ministry of Public Administration (MAP), in its institutional portal, 180 public institutions are registered, which have 382,099 public servants, 63.83% women and 36.17% men.

In the distribution of employees by salary range offered by the MAP of these 382,099 public employees, 40.76% receive salaries between RD $ 10,000 and RD $ 19,000/month, followed by a 24% that receives between RD $ 30,000 and RD $ 39,000/month.

In the data offered by the MAP of these 180 public institutions, it is important to note the differences between institutions, for example, the Ministry of Education is the entity with the most employees, with a total of 212,140 people. 43% of those who work at headquarters earn between RD $ 10,000 and RD $ 19,000/month. However, in the Ministry of Economy, Planning, and Development (MEPYD), 30% earn between RD $ 50,000 and RD $ 99,000/month, and only 16.7% earn salaries between RD% 10,000 and RD $ 19,000/month.

At the Public Health headquarters, 52.1% earn between RD $ 10,000 and RD $ 19,000/month and at the headquarters of the Ministry of the Presidency, 43.4% reach salaries between RD $ 30,000 and RD $ 39,000/month, which evidences the predominant salary ranges vary from according to the type of institution in which the employee works.





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911 confirms 4 people injured during fire in Villa Aura

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SANTO DOMINGO. – The National Emergency Assistance and Security System 9-1-1 confirmed this Saturday that four people were injured and two of them merited being transferred to the Dr. Ney Arias Lora Traumatology Hospital, in the fire that affected a fuels storage company, in Villa Aura, Santo Domingo West.

In a press release, it indicates that the response units remained in action until 2:15 am on Saturday, while four units of the Fire Department remained in place until they managed to quell the fire at 6:30 am today.

Coordinated response

The official agency indicates that the emergency was attended by 9 units of the Fire Department, 3 Civil Defense rescue units with 37 men; the rescue unit of the National Army collaborated with 25 members; The Emergency Operations Center (COE), the Ministry of Public Health, The Ministry of Public Works and Communications (MOPC) also joined the team; In addition, members of the National Police and the General Directorate of Traffic Safety and Land Transportation (DIGESETT) provided service.

Stresses that “the coordinated response had four objectives: combat, evacuation, security perimeter and that there was no lack of support logistics, managing to quell the fire with water and foam.”

The 9-1-1 said that Civil Defense rescuers evacuated residents close to the event site in order to safeguard their lives, returning to their homes around midnight, once the fire was controlled and the area secured.

After 6:00 pm on Friday, several explosions and subsequent fire were recorded in the fuel depots of the Petro Fuel company located in the Seventh Street of Villa Aura, next to Los Beisbolistas Avenue.





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