Education Ministry Published An Updated School Calendar in Haiti

A book seller in downtown Port-au-Prince.  Photo by Georges H. Rouzier.

The Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training, known by its French acronym MENFP, updated the remainder of the 2019-20 academic calendar.

Students who will take state exams will return to school on August 10, while other students will resume classes on August 17. School is scheduled to end on October 22. The new calendar includes 54 school days, 270 hours for primary school, and 324 hours for secondary school.

MENFP asked for everyone to wear their masks as required and to not go over the number of students allowed per classroom. Continue reading

Haitian Clerks Will Not End Strike Until Their Needs Are Met

Clerks in Haiti started a strike on July 28 for better pay and plan to stay on strike until they increase their salary.

“The strike will end when our demands are met,” Martin Aine, the president of the National Association of Haitian Clerks, ANAGH by its French acronym, said. “If the minister of justice calls us in the evening to discuss, we can consider it. So, it’s not up to us. It’s up to the government to meet our needs.”

A protocol that was published on Nov. 3, 2017, said that their salary will increase in the 2018-19 fiscal year. The clerks were even supposed to receive a debit and an insurance card.

Most of Haiti’s courts are affected by the clerk’s strike. Jeremie wasn’t able to acquire interim executive agents because of the strike, Aine said. Mirebalais’ criminal assizes were also interrupted. Only courts of first instances in Saint-Marc and Port-au-Prince are functioning, but at an awfully slow pace. Continue reading

Official Said He Left Jovenel Moise’s Commission of Dialogue Because It Wasn’t In Haiti’s Best Interest

Josue Pierre-Louis disclosed that he parted away from Haiti’s president Jovenel Moise’s Commission of Dialogue because they weren’t working in favor of the country.

“I’m a judge of formation, a high official of the government, and that’s what I do for work,” Pierre-Louis said. “I made several oaths to serve for people’s interest. If I take part in an activity it’s because I see the country’s interest in it, if not I automatically pack my bag.”

Pierre-Louis resigned eight months ago. He worked under several other presidents like Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Rene Preval, and Michel Martelly. The 50-year-old said the presidents have a tendency of not accepting ideas that were different from what they had in mind. Continue reading

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.

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