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Only 40% of Candidates for Mexico Teaching Positions Are Qualified

Murry Page - The Mazatlan Messenger
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August 19, 2014
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Since September, 2013, teaching jobs no longer go to the highest bidder - or pass by inheritance. (MGRR)

The Secretariat of Public Education (SEP) announced the results of the first competitive examination for admission to the profession of teaching since the education reform of 2012. The SEP reported that six out of ten candidates for the current teaching jobs in elementary and middle schools in México were considered “not suitable” according to the Basic Education Entrance Examination.

Of the 130,503 applicants for basic education positions 79,032 did not receive a high enough score to be considered “suitable” to obtain a position as an elementary or middle school teacher.

Only 3.5 percent of the candidates obtained the highest level of performance (A Group). The state with the highest percentage of candidates belonging to the A group was the state of Colima with 6.9 percent.

The states with the highest percentage of “not suitable” candidates were Chiapas and Tabasco, each with 80 percent, followed by Guerrero with 77.9 percent. The states of Campeche, Michoacán, Nayarit, Quintana Roo, Sinaloa, Tlaxcala, Coahuila, Morelos, Durango, Puebla, and Tamaulipas had more than 60 percent of their applicants determined to be “not suitable” to be a classroom teacher.

Queretaro had the lowest percentage of candidates who performed poorly with 43.1 percent, followed by the state of Colima with 44 percent and the Federal District with 48.3 percent.

The Basic Education Entrance Examination was held on July 12 and 13 with the results published on August 3. Candidates were evaluated in three areas: intellectual skills, knowledge of basic education, and teaching skills.

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