Costa Rica News – Because summer vacation was not long enough, many teachers in Costa Rica have decided to use the strike to vacation outside the country.
98.5% of those still striking are from the education sector. They continue even though the strike was declared illegal last Tuesday. 556 teachers “on strike” were actually on vacation outside of the country.
Between September 9, the day before the indefinite strike, and October 8, 556 teachers registered exits from the country. The Ministry of Public Education cross checked their reports with those of the General Directorate of Migration and Immigration. Next they checked if those individuals found to have left had registered as being on strike or if they had reported vacation days.
12 officials have registered 29 days out of the country. 125 have still not returned. One teacher left the day before the strike and has not returned. She has reported that she has been supporting the demonstration.
We can only imagine the thoughts of the students, parents, and teachers actively participating in the strike.
Taking advantage of the strike to vacation is a serious fault. These employees may face dismissal from their jobs without employer responsibility. What will happen to their students?