August 23, 2012 at 3:24 PM #20078desmondParticipant
How about in Mexico where the Knights Templar Cartel leader, (former teacher 15 years ago) is still on the payroll.
“Mexican security forces would like very much to capture, or even kill, reputed crime boss Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, leader of the cultlike Knights Templar drug gang”
“The country’s main teachers union — the largest in Latin America — is a political juggernaut so powerful that it assigns jobs through an extensive system of patronage, Granados said. Only teachers who have been convicted of a crime can be fired, and since Gomez remains at large, he apparently can’t be taken off the payroll”
“Firing a teacher is nearly impossible here, a true bureaucratic labyrinth,” said Otto Granados, a professor of public policy at Mexico’s Tecnologico de Monterrey university. “This kind of thing happens all the time,” he said, citing a recent study that found that more than 100,000 Mexican teachers were drawing salaries despite not showing up for work”
wowAugust 23, 2012 at 3:53 PM #750678EconProfParticipant
I’ve read elsewhere of how poorly served Mexican families are by their education system. Apparently an all-powerful and thoroughly corrupt teachers union runs everything. Parents are urged to “contribute” in order to get any effort from the teachers for their kid’s behalf. School uniforms are required, and can be too much for the really poor families. A birth certificate is also required in order to enroll, and that may be impossible for children of migrant workers.
On the other hand, teachers are genuinely underpaid, and, much like Mexican police, feel they are justified in asking for money on the side.August 23, 2012 at 11:26 PM #750694paramountParticipant
If they can get to the internet they can learn anything and everything they need to know.
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