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Monday, August 11, 2008

Ecuador grants free higher education for police, military officers

QUITO, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) - Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said Friday that higher education for police and military officers will be free with the approval of the country's new Constitution.

The new Charta Magna, which was approved last month by the Constitutional Assembly, promises free higher education for the police, Correa told a meeting of high-level officers of the National Police. The new Constitution will be voted on in a referendum on Sept. 28 before it comes into force.

"Those who enter schools of policemen, of troops and officers, should not be the ones that have money, but the ones who achieve it based on their merits," Correa said.

Better education is necessary for the modernization and restructuring of the National Police, said the president.

A more efficient, human, and committed police force is needed to strengthen social security, Correa said.

Meanwhile, the president said the officers' work and life condition should also be improved.

"We want to improve the life and work conditions of the officers," Correa said, noting that it was difficult to tell a difference between the jails and the police quarters where the policemen live.

Ecuadorian government has been seeking to improve the life conditions of the police under a plan to build communal quarters with new technologies and equipment, Correa said.

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