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Sunday 26 of May 2024

More Than 3,000 Teachers to be Fired

The teacher evaluation has led to the dismissal of those who refused to do the exams after repeated opportunities, amounting to 2.2 percent of teachers

Over half the teachers in Mexico, in basic basic and high school education levels – around 51.5 percent – have an insufficient or sufficient level to impart classes.

As of this Tuesday first of March, 3,360 teachers will be separated from the professional teacher service for not reporting to any of the stages of the teacher evaluation and later extemporary dates offered as a last chance.

According to the Public Education Secretariat (SEP) these teachers represent 2.2 percent.

The results include only the 28 states where the teacher evaluation was concluded, with the ability exams still pending, in a second round, in states with teacher dissidence: Michoacán, Oaxaca, Guerrero and Chiapas, with the dates still to be released by the SEP.

Public Education Secretary Aurelio Nuño informed that these vacancies would be filled by those who passed the 2015-2016 admission process and had yet to obtain a position.

In basic education 14,545 teachers obtained insufficient results, amounting to 14.,1 percent. At high school level 5,134 teachers didn’t make the cut, reaching 18.5 percent. In both educational levels the teachers will need to present the exam again in one year as well as following a continuous training program.

Those who obtained the “sufficient” level in basic education amounted to 38,824, or 37.6 percent, with 8,721 reaching the same results in high school education (31.5 percent), due to which these teachers will have a four years permanency and will need to take the exam again, also following a continuous training program.

41,791 teachers obtained the grade “good”in basic education (40,5 percent), while 11, 450 did so for high school education (41.4 percent), gaining the right to postulate for promotions to more working hours and better salaries.

Finally, those who obtained an outstanding grade were 8,153 in basic education (7.9 percent), leading to a 35 percent increase in their salaries to be carried out in May. At high school level, 1,544 reached the best grade (7.4 percent) and will obtain a 24 percent salary hike.

The Public Education Secretary sought to congratulate those who obtained the highest results through social media.

He qualified the evaluation process as successful but recognised it needed improvements.

Sylvia Schmelkes, president counsellor of the National Institute for Education Assessment (INEE) validated the results for the Public Education Secretariat and qualified them as solid, while recognizing that the results of the evaluation did not by themselves improve education.


Members of Section 22 of the CNTE burned tires in highways and crossroads. Photo: Cuartoscuro/Arturo Pérez Alfonso
Members of Section 22 of the CNTE burned tires in highways and crossroads. Photo: Cuartoscuro/Arturo Pérez Alfonso

Section 22 of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) caused ravages in two doors of the State Institute of Public Education of Oaxaca (IEEPO) and burned tires in the streets.

Part of their actions included using a pipe with capacity for 10,000 water litres property of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), which they had previously taken, while security elements from the IEEPO and state police guarded the offices without actions against the protests.

From early morning the teachers started blocking the main state highways.