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Santo Domingo.- The Dominican Teachers' Association (ADP) has not yet replied to an invitation from Education Minister Andrés Navarro to discuss the teacher's wage increase and other demands, but reiterated its call to all teachers to join the demonstration scheduled for Friday morning outside the Ministry of Education headquarters.

ADP leader Eduardo Hidalgo told the media that the association welcomed Navarro's invitation to a meeting next Monday at 2:00 p.m, without specifying whether or not they planned to attend.

"The ADP will consider it and we are also open to dialogue," he said.

He stated that Friday morning's protest would still go ahead.

Speaking at a press conference Thursday, minister Navarro said that the demonstration was not an obstacle to the process.

Navarro said that he hoped that joint solutions could be reached through the four working groups that were set up last December together with the ADP's national executive committee.

He called on the teachers to "put the common interest, children and young people's interests, above any personal interest."

Referring to the teachers' demand for a wage raise of up to 25%, the minister said that this matter would be dealt with by the teachers' welfare panel, taking into account the performance assessment mechanism.

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