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Education In The Dominican Republic
by Expat Focus columnist, Lindsay de Feliz
The new school year begins this week so I thought I would explain a little about the education system in the Dominican Republic.
The vast majority of children go to public school, which is free, although there are private colleges and international schools as well, which have fees.
The schools are all of a similar design, with large classrooms, and start at 8am. The first round of classes finishes at noon. Those children have then finished for the day. Another lot come in the afternoon from 2pm until 6pm. The children either go in the morning or the afternoon. One of the ideas of the new President, Danilo Medina, is to require children to go to school all day, but this will mean building thousands of new classrooms so it is not likely to happen overnight. He has already started on the program and the engineers have all been appointed.
The money has apparently been handed over, but the engineers say they don’t have it, so as at the beginning of this school year there are no new classrooms yet built, until they discover where the money is.
In addition, the new President plans to feed them breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack, which would be marvelous as many children go hungry....
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