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Mexico to Fire Over 3,300 Teachers Who Failed to Turn Up for Exam

Agence France-Presse
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March 1, 2016

An ongoing battle over control of education in the south of Mexico has seen death, violence and continuous strikes as the country’s new administration attempts to drag state education into the 21st century. (PressTV News)

Mexico's government will fire more than 3,300 teachers who skipped evaluations under a controversial education reform that has sparked protest in the country's poorest states, authorities said on Monday.

Aurelio Nuno, education minister, said 2.2 per cent of the 153,000 teachers who had to take the test never showed up and will be sacked on Tuesday.

Some 15 per cent flunked the exam, but they will keep their jobs while receiving training to retake the test in the next 12 months, said Mr Nuno.

"No child will be left without a teacher," he said.

A man runs from tear gas during a clash between Education Workers and the Federal Police, in Oaxaca, MexicoA man runs from tear gas during a clash between Education Workers and the Federal Police, in Oaxaca, Mexico  Photo: Alamy Stock Photo

In all, 51.5 per cent of teachers either failed or got a "sufficient" grade that requires further training, while 48.5 per cent got high marks that will allow them to apply for promotions or get raises.

"There is a wide margin for improvements," added Mr Nuno.

But the results unveiled by the minister applied for 28 of the country's 32 federal entities, as rebellious teachers in four states have yet to take a second round of exams.

Read the rest at The Telegraph

Related: Many Mexican Schools Have No Bathrooms, Failing Teachers (Associated Press)

Related: Mexico Public Education: Teacher Evaluation Results: 51% Rated Barely Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory (Mexico Voices)

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