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Students protest cuts to university budget


Posted 07/09/2020

 University of Panama  students closed  the Transistmica highway in Panama City on Monday morning January 7 to protest cuts   to the school’s budget  which  will endanger  the start of the new Faculty of Medicine..

The students blocked the road with burning tires and garbage tanks at  10:45 am as traffic was building with the partial reopening of selected businesses and construction sites and the return of more MiBuses.

Hundreds of drivers heading towards the center of the capital had to detour and take alternate routes, causing unfamiliar traffic jams in some sectors..

The University had requested a budget of $385 million for 2021 but the Ministry of Economy slashed it by $91 million dashing the plans for the medical faculty.



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University students and staff re-ignite protests


Posted 15/09/2020

Students from the University of Panama (UP)  returned to the streets on Tuesday, September 15 to protest cuts in the budget of the country’s leading higher education center.

They were joined by University professors on Avenida Simón Bolívar (Transistmica) announcing that the $90 million

was unacceptable  University professors called on the rector of the UP to join the requests made by other unions so that 6% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) be destined for education.

In addition, protestors carried banners claiming that neither education, hunger nor housing have been a priority for the current rulers.



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