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Key to Development for the Future of Mexico is Education, Education, Education

Jose Blanco - La Jornada
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April 5, 2013

During the week prior to Holy Week, teachers’ protests were rapidly growing. This week, undoubtedly, elementary school teachers will resume their actions, though against what is not entirely clear; the movement is not completely homogeneous. The National Coordinating Committee of Education Workers (CNTE) [unofficial, dissident teacher organization within the National Union of Education Workers, SNTE] is rallying against a supposed “educational reform”, which has not been implemented, nor does anyone know anything about it; the Public Education Secretary (SEP) has still not laid his cards on the table.

They are mobilizing against this secretariat’s proposed evaluation of teachers, but also against Elba Esther Gordillo [former life-time head of the teachers' union who was arrested in February on fraud charges], whom they are planning to sue. In the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE), there is nobody who defends this huge calamity [Gordillo], created by PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) governments and raised to an insane level by PAN (National Action Party) governments. At the same time, numerous and apparently increasing SNTE groups are supporting the CNTE in its actions.

The government has rarely had to face such an enormous challenge and in terms of education, no one who knows anything about it can expect the current six-year presidential term to accomplish much more than continuing to lay down the road to this country’s future. If the government manages to lay down this road, it will have achieved political and civil success of gigantic proportions. If it fails to do so, it will get the country nowhere, simply extending the drama that is education today. This time, as sometimes happens, it seems that half-measures will be unacceptable.

Read the rest at Mexico Voices

Translated by Helena Redman

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