By lengthening the school year and changing the school calendar, policy makers seem to have ignored or overlooked several things:
Just two weeks short of the new school year the government announced a major schedule change. No Christmas or Easter Holidays, with only a fifteen day break between 5-month semesters running from September through January and mid Fedbruary through early July. All this in an effort to increase the school year to 200 days, though even the Ministry of Education admits its an “experiment,” and they don't know how it will result.
The changes only appeared in the papers the 28th of August.
Some teachers at the British School are already talking about resigning if the changes are implemented, given that under their contracts they are already entitled to a certain number of vacation days and this arbitrarily and instantaneously changes all that.
We've heard in the rumor mill that other international schools, namely Academia Cotopaxi, Ecuador's largest school for the US community, are having trouble hiring teachers. Supposedly the government has told them they don't need to hire teachers from abroad as there are plenty of qualified Ecuadorian teachers, and are making it difficult to get visas.
Just the latest and greatest example of arbitrary decisions being made that can affect you, your business and your life, a daily part of life in Ecuador.
Many web sites tout the low cost of living in Ecuador. Many assume that because it’s a poor country in South America, it somehow might be cheaper than where ever else they are. And Ecuador does have lower overall living costs than many other countries in South America, especially if you live outside of the major urban centers of Guayaquil or Quito. But living in Ecuador is still not cheap. Operating a business in Ecuador, despite lower labor costs, is not as cheap as one might expect. Everything has its price. And the low prices in Ecuador are long gone. Sure, fresh fruits and vegetables are very cheap. But most everything else isn’t. Why not? The costs of doing business are passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices. These costs include:
Think twice and plan carefully for your next trip or if you are planning on moving to Ecuador for an extended period or permanently.