Bar Association offices
The National Bar Association (CNA) has added its voice to spreading concerns over a government move to equate work experience in the public sector with formal education which conflicts with election promises on education.
On Sunday, September 8, the Association asked President Laurention Cortizo for clarification of an
August 6, resolution which equates the necessary formal education with previous work experience within the General Manual of Occupational Classes in the Public Sector. The manual is the technical reference that contains the description of each occupational class
The resolution would conflict with the promises of Cortizo, that education will be the star that would guide the Government.
According to the CNA, Law 9 of 1984 regulates the practice of law in Panama and establishes clearly and precisely the requirements for the exercise of the same. Several other organizations and citizens have reacted by this resolution.
The union asks Cortizo to subscribe to his promise: “Education is the Star that will illuminate the country” and says that the ANC supports initiatives that in educational matters that serve to increase the quality of services in the public sector, administration of justice and society in general.
The lawyers have called on society in general and professionals to verify that public positions are exercised by qualified professionals, in accordance with provisions of the Law.