Monday, January 19, 2009

Hundreds Sleep Outdoors to Enroll Kids in School

Hundreds of persons gathered outside the Instituto Nacional de Educación Básica de Amatitlán (Ineba) and spent the night in the street in order to obtain a number enabling them to enroll their child in school. Some came equipped with tents, ponchos, food, and hot coffee. Some spent 48 hours waiting outside the school in the cold rainy weather. Enrollment day arrived, the process began at 7 AM and by 11 AM all had been processed.

It is not uncommon for this to happen. Enrollment occurs a week before classes begin and the lines are always longer at that time. Since the Ministry of Education has increased the capacity for free public schooling, more people want their kids to get an education and the lines have become much worse than usual.

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