Exactly two months ago on today’s date, two teenaged high school students of Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico, fifteen year old Anahi Zepeda and sixteen year old Edgar Puck drowned in the Macal River. The forth formers were on a class trip to the Che Chem Ha Maya Ruin in Benque Viejo del Carmen and upon their return that Friday evening, the bus made an unscheduled stop near the low-lying bridge in San Ignacio. Reports say that Anahi, Edgar and other students were in the water when Anahi was swept away by the current. Edgar, who could not swim, went to her aid and they both drowned.
Since then, an intensive investigation into the matter was launched by the Board of Management of Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico and today the results of that investigation was released to the media.
The release states and we quote “An intensive investigation was conducted, and the Board has unanimously agreed that the four teachers who accompanied the students erred in modifying the itinerary during the educational trip.” End of quote.
The Board of Management is recommending that the teachers, whose names were not released, be suspended without pay for a period not exceeding six weeks in accordance with Rule 97 (1) (c).
That rule states and we quote “Where a teacher has repeatedly committed acts amounting to minor offences and has failed to improve following formal written warnings or reprimands, or where the teacher has committed a major offence, the Managing Authority shall, having established the charges against the teacher in accordance with the procedures laid out in rule 93, adopt one, or a combination of the measures listed below and the adoption of that measure shall have regard to the seriousness of the offence and be appropriate to the circumstances of the case. Section C states “Suspension with loss of pay not exceeding fifty percent for a period not exceeding six work weeks.
The release ended stating that the matter has been submitted to the Teaching Service Commission. We attempted to get comment from Principal of ESTM Carlos Castillo
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