The new president, Luis Guillermo Solís will inherit unhappy teachers when he takes office Thursday.
There is no end in sight for the administrative goofs that have kept hundreds of teachers from being paid. That is why their colleagues have gone out on strike.
However, the Ministerio de Educación Pública says that the payroll problem will not be solved anytime soon. Officials blamed the software that handles the payroll.
Today is the third day of strikes by teachers, and the effort seems to be about 70 percent effective. At most schools, the students know better than to attend.
At the legislature, all political parties joined in a resolution Tuesday urging the minister of education to fix the problem as soon as possible. The resolution also expressed sympathy for the teachers.
The lawmakers noted that paying salaries was a constitutional duty. There have been continual salary problems at the education ministry, but nothing of this scale.
The Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados said that given today’s state of technology, that the government could not pay many teachers was incomprehensible.