The Senate and Chamber of Deputies of the Argentine Nation assembled in Congress, etc., sanction with force of Law:ARTICLE 1 Please note that a minimum annual cycle of CIENTO OCHENTA (180) effective class days, for educational establishments throughout the country where Initial Education, Basic General Education and Polymodal Education are provided, or their respective equivalents. ARTICLE 2 In the event of a breach of the annual school cycle referred to in the preceding article, the educational authorities of the respective jurisdictions shall take the necessary measures to compensate for the lost class days, until the minimum established is complete. ARTICLE 3 For the computation of the OCHENTA SCIENTS (180) days set by Article 1, it will be considered "class day" when at least half of the amount of clock hours established by the respective jurisdictions for the school day, according to the corresponding level, regime or modality. ARTICLE 4 In order to ensure compliance with the CICLO referred to in article 1 of the present law, provincial jurisdictions that, after the legal and regulatory deadlines, relevant, could not settle the salary debts of teachers, may request financial assistance to the National Executive which, after assessing the nature and causes of the financial difficulties invoked as the cause of such non-compliance, will consider providing the necessary funding to ensure the continuity of education. ARTICLE 5° The national executive branch shall report on the situation mentioned in the preceding article to the Honorable Congress of the Nation. ARTICLE 6 Compliance with the provisions of this Act may not affect the rights and guarantees of the individual and collective labour of the education workers, enshrined in the National Constitution and the legislation in force in the respective jurisdictions. ARTICLE 7 Appropriate the Convention to Achieve the QUESTION OF AN ANNUAL LECTIVE CYST MINIMO, signed on 1 July 2003 between the head of the national executive branch and representatives of the provincial jurisdictions and the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, which in authenticated copy forms part of this law as Annex I. ARTICLE 8 Contact the national executive branch.
IN THE SESSION OF THE ARGENTINE CONGRESS, IN GOOD AIRES, TO THE FOUR DAYS OF THE YEAR TWO MIL TRES.
EDUARDO O. CHANGE. A. GUINLE. . Eduardo D. Rollano. . Juan Estrada.
ANNUAL MINIMO LECTIVE CYST
In the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, the capital of the Argentine Republic, the President of the National Doctor D. Néstor Carlos KIRCHNER and the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, D. Daniel Fernando FILMUS and, on the other hand, the headlines of the provincial jurisdictions and the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.
According to the National Constitution, it is the duty of the National State to sanction laws on the organization and basis of education, aimed at consolidating national unity with respect to provincial and local particularities, as well as to ensure the participation of the family and society, for the promotion of democratic values and equal opportunities and possibilities without any discrimination that guarantee the principles of equality and equity of State public education.
May the signatories be united by the common will that all society fully exercise the aforementioned constitutional right.
To this end, they understand appropriate progress in the establishment and unification of a minimum annual school cycle in all areas and jurisdictions of the country, thereby guaranteeing it throughout the national territory.
That their commitment includes relevant legislative adequacy at the national and provincial levels.
For this reason, they resolve to hold the present Convention in order to guarantee the qualification of an ANNUAL MINIMO LECTIVE CICLE, throughout the national territory, which shall be governed by the following clauses:
FIRST: The parties agree to establish an ANNUAL CYST OF OCHENTA (180) effective class days in all educational establishments in which Initial Education, Basic General Education and Polymodal Education are provided, or their respective equivalents.
SECOND: The parties are obliged to take the necessary measures in their jurisdictions to complete, at least the annual school cycle referred to in the previous clause, compensating when by any circumstances they have not been covered with normality, the days of class lost to the number indicated therein.
It will be understood that a class day is not complete when at least half of the clock hours set for the level, regime or modality in question have not been met.
THIRD: For the operationalization of this Convention, the rights and guarantees of labour, individual or collective, of the education workers, which consecrate the National Constitution and the legislation in force cannot be affected. If the loss of class days originates from the impossibility, on the part of the provincial jurisdictions, of dealing with wage debts with the said staff, whether for reasons of force majeure or for temporary cash deficiencies, they may request the financial assistance of the National Executive Branch, which will provide for the immediate adoption of the measures corresponding to that effect, within the framework of the provisions of Article 20 of Law No. 11.672, Supplementary to Budget.
FOURTH: The intervening parties are obliged to ensure that in their respective jurisdictions the rules that consecrate and guarantee effective compliance with the principles set out herein are issued.
A single specimen is signed in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires on the 1st day of the month of July 2003.
Lic. Daniel F. FILMUS
Minister of Education, Science and Technology
Engineer D. Felipe Carlos SOLA
Governor of the Province of Buenos Aires
Doctor D. Oscar Aníbal CASTILLO
Governor of the Province of Catamarca
Doctor D. José Manuel DE LA SOTA
Governor of the Province of Córdoba
Doctor D. Horacio Ricardo COLOMBI
Governor of the Province of Corrientes
Doctor D. Angel ROZAS
Governor of the Province of Chaco
Doctor D. José Luis LIZURUME
Governor of Chubut Province
Doctor D. Sergio Alberto MONTIEL
Governor of Entre Ríos Province
Doctor D. Gildo INSFRAN
Governor of Formosa Province
Doctor D. Eduardo Alfredo FELLNER
Governor of Jujuy Province
Doctor D. Rubén Hugo MARIN
Governor of La Pampa Province
Doctor D. Angel MAZZA
Governor of the Province of La Rioja
Doctor D. Roberto Raúl IGLESIAS
Governor of the Province of Mendoza
Engineer D. Carlos Eduardo ROVIRA
Governor of the Province of Missions
D. Jorge Omar SOBISCH
Governor of Neuquén Province
Doctor D. Pablo VERANI
Governor of Río Negro Province
Doctor D. Juan Carlos ROMERO
Governor of Salta Province
Doctor D. Wbaldino ACOSTA
Governor of San Juan Province
Doctor D. Alberto RODRIGUEZ SAA
Governor of the Province of San Luis
D. Héctor ICAZURIAGA
Governor of the Province of Santa Cruz
D. Carlos Alberto REUTEMANN
Governor of the Province of Santa Fe
Dña. Mercedes Marina ARAGONES de JUAREZ
Governor of the Province of Santiago del Estero
D. Julio MANFREDOTTI
Governor of Tierra del Fuego Province
D. Julio Antonio MIRANDA
Governor of Tucumán Province
Doctor D. Aníbal IBARRA
Head of Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires