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Underperforming Teachers To Receive Training in Ambitious New Program

Low scorers on the recent education reform tests — and other interested instructors — will be offered course online and off

By Dalila Escobar Whatsapp Twitter Facebook Share
2 years ago

On April 15 courses will be begin for more than 14,500 teachers who scored insufficient grades in the Teaching Performance Evaluation. They’ll make the start with a pedagogical technical advisor, which will help them to figure out in which areas they need to strengthen their skills.

Although the priority for these courses will be for teachers with low scores, they will also be available to the rest of the teachers who participated in the evaluation.

In the formal presentation of the Continuous Training Program, the Secretary of Public Education, Aurelio Nuño reported that there would be more than 500 course for basic education instructors and 50 more for superior schools.

Each teacher will be able to take a course online and afterwards go to work groups to better their understanding. Each year they will be able to take three courses of 40 hours each that will be taught by specialists from the best universities and teacher training schools in the country, according to Nuño.

The Secretary of Public Education has announced plans to bring the underperforming teachers from last year's evaluations up to speed. Photo: NOTIMEX/Gustavo Salas

The Secretary of Public Education has announced plans to bring the underperforming teachers from last year’s evaluations up to speed. Photo: Notimex/Gustavo Salas.

Nuño said that the instructors will be divided into four groups to take the courses: first, those who took the tests in November and December of 2015, with the priority on those who received low grades, then those who had sufficient results, then good, excepcional and excellent.

The second group will be that of the teachers who will be tested in November of 2016; the third, the new instructors; the fourth will be dedicated to those who hope to be directors or supervisors.

The governor of Oaxaca, Gabino Cué, affirmed that, “with SEP’s work we are passing from words to deeds, after three years the new education policy of Mexico is demonstrating the the Education Reform is advancing and will not be stopped.”

The leader of the National Union of Education Workers, Juan Díaz de la Torre, affirmed that Mexico should know what is happening with its teachers, in addition to be in favor of quality education.

“We will require that cases be revised on an individual basis through the union’s criteria to get to know, first of all, what the reasons were for why so many of our workers did not show up. From there we’ll be able to come up with a strategy that isn’t general as much as specific for each one,” he said.

“Whoever tells us that they didn’t attend the exams because of inconvenience, lack of communication, inconsistencies in the technological platform, and puts in effort to be accredited, we’re going to go with them, if they decide to take the legal route,” he added.

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