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Governor: Some mayors criticize school conditions, teacher staffing for the sake of criticizing

By The Star Staff

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia said Tuesday that some people criticize for the sake of criticizing, in reference to the complaints made by Popular Democratic Party (PDP) mayors about the conditions of the schools on the verge of the start of a new school year.

“Some [mayors] come with a preconceived notion to be criticizing at the wrong time,” the governor said in response to questions from the press. “In other words, tomorrow we will have the resumption of school. I am sure that the vast majority of schools will be in good condition. In the same way, and I don’t like to say this, I know that there are going to be exceptions, there will always be some schools that are not in condition. The secretary [of Education, Eliezer Ramos Parés] has said that if any school that we detect is not in good condition, then it is closed and we proceed to provide education alternatively while the irregularities are corrected or the necessary repairs are made.”

Island public school students return to classrooms today.

“Meanwhile, they [the PDP mayors] talk about the [teacher] recruitment that had not taken place, about how the vast majority of teachers are all going to be recruited,” Pierluisi said. “On the contrary, there will be almost no shortage of teachers in Puerto Rico. What happens is that some people, for whatever reasons, be it a partisan agenda, be it some particular interest, criticize for the sake of criticizing, but I’m not going to accept it. In other words, I listen, I respect but I repudiate the generalizations and I repudiate this attitude of bringing down everything that is being done.”

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