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Escrito por ZihuaRob desde (dsl-189-147-39-138.prod-infinitum.com.mx) el día viernes, 14 de diciembre, 2007 a las 14:23:15 horas :

En respuesta a: Re: Netza school escrito por Fran desde (adsl-75-21-80-155.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net) el día viernes, 14 de diciembre, 2007 a las 12:00:10 horas :

There is a right and a wrong way to to help children like these. This is the wrong way. The right way would have been to offer scholarships (becas) to children in legally settled families or even direct assistance to the already existing municipal schools they attend, instead of building new "micro" schools that only from a few dozen to a couple of hundred children at most would ever attend. So now we have dozens of little schools in numerous squatters' settlements that no "responsible authority" really monitors or cares about, while the large legal public schools suffer neglect.

In case you were unaware, one of the requisites a squatters' settlement must fulfill to have the zoning changed and get title to the land they steal is to build a school within their settlement, which is why the children's parents insist that their children cannot attend a regular public school.

It's the government's responsibility to build and fund public schools and to guarantee that education remain accessible and free to all children. Which is another reason to complain about frivolous expenditures such as the mayor's trip to Europe, piers for private enterprises, the billions wasted in election campaigns, unjustified salaries of public servants, and downright corruption when that money could be much better spent on education. It's not like Mexico doesn't have the money to solve its education problem. It just lacks making it a priority.

But surely a legally established school could receive the kind of help the Netza school has. Why THIS particular school? Because someone with political aspirations "advised" them and collaborated with them.

Remember... we are supposed to reward GOOD behavior and punish BAD behavior. Not the other way around as has happened here. Stealing land is wrong, and especially allowing the ecological zone of Zihuatanejo to be stolen has negatively impacted all of us who live here. The public officials who have allowed it and continue allowing it as they trade our public lands for their party's votes should be brought up on charges. Now our hillsides are currently suffering another round of massive land invasions because of previous examples like the one set here. It emboldens and encourages more land thieves, many who have multiple parcels of land and are simply not what they appear to be. And we who live downtown as well as visitors to our bay and its beaches all suffer some of those consequences from the erosion runoff and pollution, among many other problems caused by the illegal settlements due to their strain on our fragile community and its already woefully inadequate services.

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