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Protests at Serapio López School
Parents close school to protest before the MEP

By Emiliana Garcia. Collaboration from Samantha Pollock and Marvin Castillo
Photos by Marvin Castillo

Even though the heavy rains wouldn’t let up on Monday, October 10, about 50 parents followed through on the threat to close Serapio López School. On Monday, before the first sunrays lit the sky, they closed it as a means of pressuring the Ministry of Public Education (MEP), since as they commented they want the director removed from the school.
They took over the entrance beginning at 5 in the morning, and they say they will continue for various days until MEP replaces the current director. 

Carol Rivera Villalobos, one of the mothers active in organizing the protest, told VON that they will not move from the educational center “until they remove the director of the school, because (he) has been here for 17 years and doesn’t do anything; there are just anomalies,” she declared. 

The parents disagree with the way the director has handled school resources, arguing that the school is in very bad structural condition.

A team from VON was able to verify that, with just the rain from Monday morning, the classrooms were flooded. Wastewaters ran directly toward the school’s patio and the bathrooms were dirty and in poor conditions, due to which the children usually relieve themselves outside around the school. 
Also, around the school where they are constructing a dining hall, there are nails and pieces of iron.  In fact, it was even observed that some businesses throw their garbage in the perimeter of the school’s patio.  
For her part, Damaris Diaz, Supervisor of the Regional Direction of Education, showed up at the school at 8 in the morning, but wasn’t able to resolve the problem with the parents. Dias arrived in Nosara to present an act regarding what happened and send it to her superiors. 

Various parents were bothered by the supervisor because, according to them, she informed them that the director, after being on leave for health problems since August 29, was given further incapacitation in the hospital that will last another month. 

Lety Prendas, mother and head of the strike along with other parents, demand
to Damaris Diaz (on the right), Regional Supervisor for the Ministry of Education, to change the Nosara school Principal
Signs with text saying "We want a respectful principal, not a person full of
anger and revenge"
Over 50 parents arrive to the Nosara School on Monday October 10 to support
the strike

The strike is developing in a peaceful manner, so the Public Force hasn’t had to intercede. They just stay on top of what is happening.   

In the past, this same director has already had problems with various parents and is still under investigation. A penal complaint was filed against him by ex-members of the 2009 School Board for presumed administrative fraud, falsification of public documents and use of false documents.


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