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1 in 4 Mexican Teachers Feel Ill Prepared; Only 62% Have a Degree

Mexico News Daily
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July 2, 2014
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Teachers block access to Mexico City's main airport to protest education reform legislation in October, 2013. (PressTV)

Nearly one in four Mexican teachers at the secondary level feel ill prepared to do their jobs, according to a study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). And only 62% have completed a university degree.

The Teaching and Learning International Survey showed Mexico having the third highest percentage of teachers who don’t feel they are prepared to carry out their work. In contrast, the average among the 33 countries surveyed was only seven per cent.

The average number of teachers with a degree was 90% in all the countries surveyed.

The report showed that 72% of Mexican teachers don’t have access to formal programs of induction, and 60% lack any kind of mentor support in their schools.

On the other hand teachers in Mexico enjoy high rates of participation in professional development activities, spending 19 days in courses and workshops during the previous 12 months, a greater number than seen in other countries.

The survey took place between February and June last year and involved 3,138 teachers and 186 principals in 200 schools.

One of the structural reform programs introduced with the Pact for Mexico applies to education and obliges teachers, principals and other educators to submit to periodic evaluations. The reforms have been vigorously opposed by the national teachers union (SNTE).

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