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Public Education Teacher Evaluations Begin This Weekend with Police Protection

Leila English - Mexico Voices
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November 14, 2015
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Teachers taking exam given in June for promotions (Cuartoscuro)

Teacher performance evaluations begin this weekend in Mexico, as educators will take exams to determine if they are fit to continue in the classroom. The process will occur, however, amidst police operations responding to the threat from dissident teachers of boycotting the exams’ implementation. The message from the Secretary of Public Education, Aurelio Nuño, is clear: “Each state will have sufficient federal police forces.”

Moreover, the National Institute for the Evaluation of Education (INEE) rejected citizen observers from monitoring the process, which signifies a “regression to opacity”, warns the organization Mexicans First.

MV Note: Mexicanos Primero, Mexicans First, is a not-for-profit organization founded and chaired by Claudio X. González Guajardo, a lawyer with a doctorate from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University. He is also the co-founder of the Televisa Foundation and is thus seen by the CNTE as an agent of Televisa, the Mexican business community and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which administers the PISA test (Program for International Student Assessment) on which Mexican students perform poorly.

This is the first time that teachers and school directors have to demonstrate capabilities sufficient to teach or run a school. If they fail to do so, they may be removed from their positions or dismissed, though they may take the evaluation up to three times.

Teachers and directors who fail the assessment will have to attend training courses and retake the exam, which they may do up to three times. If they fail the examination at that time, teachers contracted before the Education Reform of 2013 will be removed from the classroom and assigned to other jobs. Failing teachers hired after reform went into effect [in Sept. 2013] will be fired.

Read the rest at Mexico Voices

Related: Government Is Responsible for Success or Failure of Public Education Reform - Education Secretary (La Jornada)

Related: Mexico Public Education: Easing of Tensions Necessary Between Government and Teachers (La Jornada)

Read Spanish original at Animal Politico

Mexico Voices is a blogging endeavor aimed at raising the awareness of U.S. citizens regarding the destructive impact of the U.S. economic policy and the War on Drugs on Mexico — on its people, their economic and physical security and their human rights, on the nation’s dysfunctional justice system, and on the rule of law and Mexico’s fragile democracy. Visit the website at MexicoVoices.blogspot.mx

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