After 18 days of strike in the National Polytechnic Institute’s (IPN) vocational schools (professional or technical schools), Secretary of Public Education (SEP) Aurelio Nuño Mayer agreed to hold a direct dialogue with the polytechnic community.
“I want to have a dialogue with the students and all of the polytechnic community and I hope this dialogue can take place soon,” the official said.
The dialogue, however, is to carried out under the condition that all of the students are represented.
“For all the polytechnic community to be represented we need to agree very well on how the dialogue will take place, under what circumstances, and who the orators will be so everyone is represented in the dialogue. We need to ensure that everyone is heard and that I can also be heard respectfully.”
The secretary stated that the path of dialogue between students and IPN authorities had to lead to specific themes of every school, particularly the vocational schools. Nuño Mayer also warned that continuing the strike could have consequences.
“What can happen if the strike doesn’t end soon is that it puts the semester at risk and that’s something we cannot allow.”
Nuño Mayer trusted that the issued would be broached in the meeting to be held this week with the university authorities and community.