President Enrique Peña Nieto said Monday that because Mexico understands that quality education is fundamental and strategic for the development of nations, there is “no going back” with teacher evaluations.
The president stressed that the education reforms will have the greatest impact on the development of the country. Resources in science, technology and innovation have increased 32 percent, he said.
During the inauguration of the XVI International Virtual Gathering for Education Mexico 2015, he said the constitutional amendment is a priority so that children and young people receive a quality education.
A main feature of the education reforms is the evaluation of teachers.
“For the first time in Mexico, entry to the educational system as well as promotions will be based on merit. Last weekend 39,000 teachers were evaluated,” said Peña Nieto.
The evaluation of teachers represents a change in paradigms which is why it faces resistance from some minorities.
“This reform will benefit everyone, which is why its implementation cannot be stopped. It is a constitutional obligation, and as such it is our duty to fulfill it,” said Peña Nieto.
Accompanied by Education Secretary Emilio Chuayffet and Foreign Relations Secretary José Antonio Meade, Peña Nieto admitted that educational change is not easy or a short-term task, but that only society and government together will improve the preparation of students and teachers.
Another reform expected to boost education is the telecommunications reform, which promises at least 250,000 public sites with free Internet by 2018.
Peña Nieto highlighted the delivery of 950,000 tablets in six states. He said that the goal for the next school year is to cover nine more states, with the distribution of 960,000 additional tablets.
Finally he said that information technology changes the distribution of knowledge, making it faster and more democratic. For this reason his administration has made technology a key issue together with education.
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