Between 2014 and 2018, the education system received 3,300 complaints of sexual violence, the Minister of Education, Fander Falconí, informed on Wednesday, May 9, before the Assembly’s Aampetra Occasional Committee, chaired by Silvia Salgado.
“According to the complaints, 3,975 victims of sexual crimes were in the schools,” said the official.
Between 2015 and 2017, the judicial system accounted for 27,666 cases, he added. In addition, the Ministry intervened eight educational institutions, five in Quito, one in Manta and two in Guayaquil.
At the Pedro Traversari Aeronautical Academy (Aampetra), based in the capital, the teaching staff was regulated. Falconí mentioned that 1,212 teachers were related to sexual crimes, as well as 337 students and 74 administrative and cleaning employees.
María Fernanda Porras, undersecretary for Educational Innovation and Good Living, explained that of the 3,300 complaints, 1,623 belong to the educational system and 1,677 correspond to the environment.
The Ministry of Education notified 196 administrative summaries of 292. 140 hearings were held and 40 resolutions were issued, of which 38 teachers were disengaged, following review requests, and the innocence of two teachers was rectified.
“To date, 385 resolutions of cases filed or suspended for review have been delivered to the Attorney General’s Office. These files date from 2014 to 2018, “said Marcelo Jaramillo, legal coordinator of the Ministry of Education.
The meeting was attended by parents of the victims, who asked the Ministry of Education for more attention to the private schools, the hiring of teachers, sales of books, uniforms and more payments.
Regarding the case of the priest who allegedly abused a minor in Cuenca, in 2015, Henry Calle said that the educational institution was intervened. Falconí said that 147,000 teachers and 57,000 applicants will be evaluated psychometrically. (I)