On Friday (April 10th) there was a rather interesting development concerning the Honduran Technical Institute (ITH) in Tegucigalpa. The director of the institute was suspended, for refusing to obey Marlon Escoto’s demands that students who participated in recent protests concerning extending the hours that students are in class be punished for participating in the protests.
He and his lawyer were dismissed because they decided to disobey the demands of the directional department of education in Tegucigalpa who told them that four of their students participated in protests and thus deserved expulsion from the institute.
This demonstrates that teachers and administrators exist in Honduras who view Marlon Escoto’s positions as unfavorable at best. This was known among individuals who pay attention to him and the ministry of education in Honduras, but it’s rare to see it so blunt, and actually documented among Honduran press.
Marlon Escoto’s position on protests personally spend a shiver down my spine, because of the position the interim government during the 2009 coup took on protests, brutally repressing them and attempting to legitimize the repression by suspending civil rights, including the right to protest in September of 2009. It is within living memory that the last time protests were repressed, terrible things happened to the Honduran people.
Marlon Escoto’s desires to prevent children from achieving an education if they decide to take a stance politically that is against him and his goals is worrying. The willingness of the administration to suppress and fire any administrators who have their own mind is a symptom of something greater, especially as the conversation to end the ban on presidential reelection begins to enter the levels it has in recent months. The repression of the Honduran people who protest needs to stop. This is not the only place where protests have been repressed, but it is the one with the greatest amount of publicity.
What are your thoughts on the matter?