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With Reforms in Place, Mexico is Poised to Change Poor State of Its Education System

Phillippe Diederich - VOXXI
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March 27, 2013

With a corrupted politician out of the way and an education reform program law in place, Mexico is poised to change the poor state of its education system. (Shutterstock)

Mexico is in the process of reforming its public school system. Earlier this year, Associated Press reported that 18 of the country’s 31 states have ratified the plan to reform schools, essentially allowing President Enrique Peña Nieto to move forward with his plan to make the changes he proposed back in December. But what does this mean for schools, teachers, students and the federal government?

For years the Mexican Public School System has been controlled by the National Union of Education Workers, one of the country’s most powerful unions with over 1.5 million-members. The reform plan is to shifting control of the public school system from the union to the federal government. According the president of the Education Commission, Senator Juan Carlos Romero Hicks, the most important change is to create a professional system for evaluating, hiring and promoting teachers. For decades, Mexico’s system of hiring teachers has been a system where positions can be inherited or sold by the teachers, allowing for little or no evaluation of the teachers.

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